Strawberries are grown extensively for market and home use. The cultivated strawberry is an American fruit that originated by hybridization from the wild species of eastern North America and South America. The berries, which are rich in vitamin C, have a unique, tangy taste, and are highly valued as dessert fruit. Commercially, strawberry growers today receive over $250 million yearly for the freshly harvested fruit. About one-third of the crop is processed. This adds substantially to its overall value. Many varieties are grown successfully, however, some varieties with special qualities may be best for a given region. Other varieties are chosen for such particular qualities as flavour, shape, or hardiness. New varieties of strawberries appear from time to time. These may grow well in one region, but prove unsatisfactory in other regions. Before planting new varieties extensively, growers should test them for more than one year. Compare new varieties with those already successful, and reject them if they are not superior to the standard varieties.
A very popular crop for growers all over the world. However easy and short growing season, the crop is vulnerable to many pests and diseases. Hence, choice of suitable varieties for particular locations or regions as well as understanding crop performance are equally important factors to eliminate risk of crop failure and ensure maximum yield potential. The information embodied in this section for each variety is extracted from botanical leaflets issued by main producers/suppliers.
A highly productive yellow skin for fresh consumption variety. It is very popular in countries with warm winter around the Mediterranean and can perform well in light soil. Tubers are very large and has a medium to long dormancy period.
Is a red–skinned potato tubers with an excellent yield. Tubers are large and can be grown in warm climate. Flesh is pale yellow and the variety is suitable for fresh consumption as well as for processing. Dormancy period is short.
A fairly firm cooking fresh consumption variety. It is characterized by its large long/oval tubers and a red skin. The variety is also known by its suitability for the production of potato chips and fries particularly if warm climatic conditions prevailed during the growing season. dormancy period is medium/long and the flesh is pale yellow in color.
Is a yellow skin potato with an excellent yield potential. The variety still enjoy patent, tubers are large and oval shape and is suitable for processing. Dormancy period is short and the flesh color is pale yellow.
The variety is a medium late high yielding variety suitable for fresh consumption and for processing of French fries. The tubers are long oval with a yellow skin color and long dormancy period. Flesh is yellowish white and the variety performs well in warm climate.