Cascade Delight

  • Season: Mid-Season
  • Main characteristic/s: Very Large, Firm Berries
  • Breeder: Western Washington Research & Extension Centre, USA
Characteristics of Cascade Delight
  • Similar season to Tulameen, but the length of the harvest season is slightly shorter.
  • Very vigorous with long fruiting laterals and produces an adequate number of canes, similar to Meeker.
  • Very large, long conic shaped berries, which are glossy and very firm.
  • Berries have an excellent fresh red raspberry flavour and shelf life, being firmer than Tulameen.
  • Cascade Delight has exhibited good field resistance to root rot (Phytophthora fragariae rubi).

 

Cropping Season
In trials in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) the midpoint of harvest for Cascade Delight is similar to Meeker and Tulameen, but the length of the harvest season is slightly shorter.

Fruit Quality
Cascade Delight produces very large, long conic shaped berries, which are glossy and very firm. The berries have an excellent fresh red raspberry flavour and shelf life, being firmer than Tulameen.

Fruit Yield
In trials in the PNW of the USA with no obvious problems with root rot (Phytophthora fragariae var. rubi) Cascade Delight has produced similar yields However, on sites with significant levels of root rot (P. fragariae var. rubi) Cascade Delight has produced consistently high yields in comparison to Tulameen.

Plant & Disease Characteristics
Cascade Delight has exhibited some field resistance to root rot (Phytophthora fragariae var. rubi). In research plots established at WSU Mt. Vernon and at WSU Puyallup, adjacent plots of several cultivars, including Tulameen, were killed or severely damaged by root rot within three years of planting, but Cascade Delight remained vigorous and had high yields of large fruit.

Plant Characteristics
Cascade Delight is very vigorous with long fruiting laterals and produces an adequate number of canes, similar to Meeker. Although the basal portions of young canes (less than 30 cm tall) have 20-40 spines per cm of cane, the upper portions of taller canes (over 1 m in height) have much smaller and fewer spines (<5 spines per cm).

Disease Resistance
Cascade Delight is susceptible to the large raspberry aphid (Amphorophora agathonica), the vector for the mosaic virus complex, and to raspberry bushy dwarf virus (RBDV) via pollen transmission. In some years it has shown high levels of Botrytis fruit rot in unsprayed plots, but when observed for several years, did not differ significantly from other cultivars. In unsprayed plots, the canes had a low incidence of anthracnose (Elsinoe veneta) and cane botrytis (B. cinerea) and moderate incidence of spur blight (Didymella applanata).

Plant Supply
Cascade Delight is a non-protected variety. Growers can buy plants of Cascade Delight from the following licence holders:

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