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Research Project: Genetic Improvement and Virus Management of Small Fruit Crops

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

Title: 'Cascade Gold' raspberry

item Moore, Patrick
item Hoashi-erhardt, Wendy
item Barritt, Bruce
item Sjulin, Thomas
item Robbins, Joann
item Finn, Chad
item Martin, Robert - Bob
item Dossett, Michael

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/20/2013
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
Citation: Moore, P.P., Hoashi-Erhardt, W., Barritt, B., Sjulin, T., Robbins, J., Finn, C.E., Martin, R.R., Dossett, M. 2014. 'Cascade Gold' raspberry. HortScience. 49(3):358–360.

Interpretive Summary: 'Cascade Gold' is a high yielding, gold fruited raspberry that has been evaluated for 10 years. It produces large firm fruit, early in the season. It appears to be susceptible to Phytophthora root rot and should not be planted on sites with heavy soils. It is best suited for the fresh market and has done well in eastern US markets after shipping from the west coast. The fruit has medium to high soluble solids and high titratable acidity, giving it a tart but well balanced flavor. The fruit is easy to pick at a lightly colored stage but for optimal flavor should be fully mature. It is ideally suited as a specialty berry for niche markets.

Technical Abstract: ‘Cascade Gold’ is a new gold fruited, floricane fruiting raspberry cultivar (Rubus idaeus L.) jointly released by Washington State University (WSU), Oregon State University (OSU) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It has been evaluated at Puyallup, Wash. in plantings from 1988 to 2008. In general, ‘Cascade Gold’ has produced large, firm, early season fruit. In some plantings, ‘Cascade Gold’ was among the highest yielding clones. In other plantings, yield has been relatively low, especially on sites with root rot. On sites where yield was reduced, the fruit was still among the largest and firmest of the clones in the planting. The fruit is large sized, glossy, firm and longer than wide. The fruit has moderate to high soluble solids and high titratable acidity, resulting in tart but well balanced flavor. The fruit releases easily from the receptacle at a lightly colored stage of development, but for optimum flavor the fruit should be more mature. ‘Cascade Gold’ has been successfully grown in western Washington and shipped to eastern US markets. It is best suited to fresh market use.