- 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
A midseason variety, cropping at a similar time to Elsanta in the UK.
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.
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.
Eros is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 1672). Ukraine Grant No 07016. The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Eros without a licence is prohibited. Only Propagation Licence holders can propagate and receive propagation grade material (and not Sales or Growing-on Transformation Licence holders). Eros is available from the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders