Raspberry Means More Fresh Berries
By Kathryn Barry
February 20, 2001
Fresh red raspberries will be
available through July thanks to Coho, a new variety released by the
Agricultural Research Service and the
agricultural experiment stations of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Coho will extend the availability of fresh berries by 7 to 10 days compared
to Tulameen, the current late-season standard throughout much of the world. The
Pacific Northwest--including Oregon where Coho was most extensively tested--and
California produce 95 percent of the nation's fresh red raspberries.
Coho gives high yields of bright-red, very firm berries. It is named after a
red-skinned salmon commonly found in the Pacific Northwest. It is the second
red raspberry released by ARS berry breeders for the summer fresh-fruit market.
The first, Lewis, was released in 1999. Coho was developed by crossing Lewis
with other breeding lines.
The new raspberry should grow well in the Pacific Northwest and California,
or in other raspberry-growing areas where winter temperatures don't fall below
zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Raspberries are low in fat and a good source of dietary fiber. Researchers
can obtain small amounts of Coho for breeding through ARS. Growers can obtain
plants through several nurseries in the Northwest, and consumers may be able to
find Coho berries this summer.
ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Scientific contact: Chad E. Finn, ARS
Center for Small Fruit Research, Corvallis, Ore., phone (541) 750-8759, fax
(541) 750-8764, firstname.lastname@example.org.