- Season: Early season
- Main characteristic/s: High yielding, large fruited
- Breeder: Scottish Crop Research Institute, Scotland
Characteristics of Ben Connan
- Early season, 5-days before Ben Lomond
- Large size berries
- Good fruit set
- High level of pest and disease resistance
Flowering period similar to Ben Lomond and three days later than Baldwin. Harvest dates approximately five days earlier than Ben Lomond, which provides a useful extension to the harvest season.
Large berries are borne on medium length strigs. Fruit sets well throughout the bush.
Good fruit yields.
The high levels of disease and pest resistance lends this cultivar to organic cultural systems. |Ben Connan is not, at present, recommended for conventional juicing processes.
Resistance is shown to the blackcurrant leaf curling midge (Dasineura tetensi). To date, American gooseberry mildew (Sphaerotheca mors-uvae) and leaf spot (Beudopeziza ribis) are not a problem.
Use of the Variety
Ben Connan is particularly well suited to outlets that require large fruit, including Pick-your-own and the home-garden market.
Ben Connan is protected in the UK under PVR Grant No. UK5379, in Denmark under PVR Grant No. 16729. Inscription applied for: Poland and Slovakia. Czech Republic registration approved 2004. The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Ben Connan without a propagation licence is prohibited. Ben Connan plants are supplied by the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders