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Research Project: Genetic Improvement of Blueberry and Cranberry: Utilization of Genomic Resources and Phenotypic/Genotypic Characterization

Location: Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory

Title: ‘Razz’ highbush blueberry: A specialty cultivar with raspberry-flavored fruit

Author
item Ehlenfeldt, Mark

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/27/2016
Publication Date: 1/2/2017
Citation: Ehlenfeldt, M.K. 2017. ‘Razz’ highbush blueberry: A specialty cultivar with raspberry-flavored fruit. HortScience. 52:192-193.

Interpretive Summary: There is great interest in new, flavorful blueberry varieties. ‘Razz’ is a blueberry variety with raspberry flavor overtones developed for use as a specialty market plant for homeowner, landscape, and pick-your-own planting. The distinct raspberry overtones coupled with the slightly greater sweetness and lower acidity than other blueberries produce a delightful flavor impression. ‘Razz’ represents a distinct and novel flavor in highbush blueberry, that is of value to nurserymen, growers, and researchers interested in the testing and production of new cultivars.

Technical Abstract: ‘Razz’ is a midseason-ripening, tetraploid, highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) with unique raspberry flavor overtones that has been released by the cooperative breeding program of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ‘Razz’ represents a distinct and novel flavor in highbush blueberry, and may represent a niche market alternative to raspberries for pick-your-own growers and home gardeners. ‘Razz’ is recommended for specialty, culinary, pick-your-own, and home use.