Eros

  • Season: Midseason variety
  • Main characteristic/s: Large berries
  • Breeder: NIAB-EMR, UK
Characteristics of Eros
  • Mid-season cropping
  • Very attractive, mid red glossy berries
  • Large berry size
  • Resistant to redcore
Cropping Season
A midseason variety, cropping at a similar time to Elsanta in the UK.

Fruit Quality
The berries are very attractive with a regular, conical shape, mid-red colour and glossy skin. Firmness is similar to Elsanta and they benefit from having a pleasant, well-balanced flavour.

Fruit Yield
Generally similar to Elsanta, but more consistent yield and fruit size. Approximately 50% of Eros class 1 yield is normally greater than 35mm, which leads to reduced harvesting costs.

Plant Characteristics
Plants are slightly more vigorous than Elsanta with an erect, fairly open habit and the fruit is well displayed and easy to pick. A lower planting density than Elsanta is recommended. Runner production is good.

Disease Resistance
Eros is resistant to two of the three most common UK races of red core (Phytophthora fragariae). The firm berries and open habit result in few losses to grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) provided planting is at the correct density. Eros is moderately susceptible to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) and wilt (Verticillium dahliae).

Use of the Variety
Eros produces fruit of very similar quality and appearance to Elsanta and would thus be aimed at the same dessert market. The slightly larger size and smaller proportion of misshapes may mean it will be preferred to Elsanta in some situations.

Plant Supply
Eros is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 1672). Inscription applied for: Ukraine. The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Eros without a licence is prohibited. Eros is available from the following licenced propagators:

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