- Season: Mid-late season
- Main characteristic/s: Excellent flavour
- Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Alice
- 7 days later cropping than Elsanta
- Excellent flavour with juicy texture
- Large berry size
- High % of Class 1 berries
- Resistant to Verticillium and Crown Rot
The season is longer than Elsanta and has a less pronounced peak. The 50% harvest date is 7 days later than Elsanta.
The berries have a regular conical shape, although the larger primaries may be ribbed. Skin and flesh is firm and the flavour is consistently sweet, with a juicy texture. The fruit is attractive with a glossy finish and a bright, orange-red colour. The achenes are slightly raised. Shelf life is similar to Elsanta.
The Class 1 yield is similar to Elsanta in trial though the average berry size is larger with greater than 70% of the fruit greater than 35mm. The percentage waste is lower than Elsanta due to more consistent shape with typically 80%+ meeting the Class 1 specification.
Alice has been resistant to Verticillium wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum) in tests at East Malling Research Ltd. It is less susceptible to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) than Elsanta but a standard spray programme is recommended for this disease. In grower trials Alice has proved to be a robust variety that has performed well on a range of different sites.
Use of the Variety
Alice is a versatile, “grower friendly” variety with a flavour and texture that will appeal to consumers. It performs well for all sectors of the dessert fruit industry. The large berry size will help reduce picking costs for growers supplying supermarkets and will also appeal to customers on PYO farms.
Alice is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 1574). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Alice without a licence is prohibited. Only Propagation Licence holders can propagate and receive propagation grade material (and not Sales or GOT Licence holders). Alice is available from the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders (Commercial Growers)
Sales Licence Holders (Amateur/Garden Market ONLY)
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders
Raised bed soil production: