USDA Berries - Berry Crops

Summary

Technology Description -- 'Charm' Strawberry

 

CHARM has held up well with excellent yields in the second harvest season and therefore was assumed to be relatively tolerant to viruses. The most outstanding characteristics of CHARM are its high yield of easily harvested fruit with excellent flavor that were well adapted to diverse and trying locations. The fruit also has a full, balanced sweet-to-acid strawberry flavor.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • High yielding cultivar
  • Easily capped
  • Particularly well suited for ice cream formulations
  • Tolerant to viruses
  • Excellent flavor

 

Applications

 

  • Fresh fruit market
  • Processed fruit market particularly for ice cream formulations

 

Background of Invention

 

Oregon State University is looking to commercialize CHARM, a high-yielding, medium-large sized, easily-capped, cultivar with excellent processed fruit quality that is particularly suited to ice cream formulations. CHARM is a result of a collaborative effort between Oregon State University Agriculture researchers and Washington State University Agriculture researchers.

 

Status

 

Plant Patent PP25,300 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing.

 

 

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Technology Description -- 'Columbia Star' Blackberry

 

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize the Columbia Star Blackberry. In a collaboration between the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and the Washington Agricultural Research, they have created a thornless, machine harvestable, high quality blackberry for the processed fruit market. The plant has been harvested using an over-the-row machine in trials in Oregon and Washington and has performed extremely well. Columbia Star is the first commercial blackberry-type cultivar to be released using the ‘Lincoln Logan’ source of thornlessness. Columbia Star’s average yield was 16,750 kg/hectare with a conical shape and uniformly sized, shaped and arranged drupelets. The flavor was sweet with a nice acidic balance with aroma typical of western blackberries and with noticeable raspberry aromatic notes.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • Thornless
  • Ripe fruit separated easily from plant
  • Machine harvestable with high yields
  • Uniformly sized, conical shaped drupelets
  • Flavor is sweet with acidic balance and blackberry/raspberry aromatic notes

 

Applications

 

  • Fresh fruit market
  • Processed fruit market 

 

Status

 

Plant Patent PP25,532 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing.

 

 

 

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Technology Description -- 'Onyx' Blackberry

 

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize Onyx, a new blackberry hybrid plant. Jointly developed by the OSU Horticulture department and USDA Agricultural Research Service, Onyx yields firm, sweet, and high quality fruit that is suitable for local and wholesale fresh market. Yields and berry quality have been evaluated extensively in observation plots and commercial orchards. In these trials, berry yield and berry weight of Onyx were better than or comparable to the yield and weight of two other commercially available blackberry plants. When compared to the commercial blackberries, Onyx has better color, higher firmness, and can better withstand damage from cold.

 

Features & Benefits

 

  • High yield, excellent fruit quality, and healthy plants
  • High quality fresh fruit for late season
  • Berry flavor is sweet and fruity, and has less acidity
  • Readily processed into frozen fruit, puree, juice or dried
  • Optimal firmness and skin toughness makes it suitable for handling and shipping
  • Displays minimum damage due to cold weather

 

Status

 

Plant Patent PP22,358 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing.