Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/12/2009
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
Citation: Chandler, C.K., Santos, B.M., Peres, N.A., Jouquand, C., Plotto, A., Sims, C.A. 2009. 'Florida Radiance' strawberry. HortScience. 44(6):1769-1770. Interpretive Summary: 'Florida Radiance' is a new strawberry variety released by the University of Florida and well adapted for mild winter production areas. It produces high early-season yields when 'Strawberry Festival', the variety most commercially grown in Florida is not at its full potential. 'Florida Radiance' has an attractive bright to dark red shiny appearance, is a firm fruit with an acceptable flavor.
Technical Abstract: 'Florida Radiance' strawberry (Fragaria xananassa Duch.) is a new strawberry cultivar released by the University of Florida. It appears to be a good cultivar to complement the current commercial cultivar 'Strawberry Festival' during the early part of the production season as its yields are higher when ‘Festival’s are lower (November and December). 'Florida Radiance' is moderately resistant to Botrytis and anthracnose fruit rots. 'Florida Radiance' produces large glossy bright to dark red fruit with a smooth appearance. Fruit are firm with an acceptable flavor.