- Season: Long ripening season
- Main characteristic/s: Attractive large, long fruits, high yielding
- Breeder: HortResearch, New Zealand
Characteristics of Karaka Black
- Very long fruiting season
- Large, long cylindrical berries (average 10-11g)
- Bright, glossy attractive berries
- Outstanding shelf life
- High yielding over 25t/ha
Karaka Black fruiting season is very long, producing high quality fruit for six to eight weeks. In New Zealand, Karaka Black starts to ripen at the same time as Silvan.
The fruit is well displayed and is very easy to pick. The dark black fruit has a long cylindrical-conical shape, is very firm and very shiny. The flavour is likened to a mild blackberry, and may be somewhat acidic when picked slightly under-ripe or grown in a cool climate. Fruit size is large, with an average weight of 10-11g, and is larger than Kotata and Waldo. Shelf life of the fruit is outstanding.
Canes have moderate vigour and are less spiny than Boysenberry or Silvan blackberry. Moderate plant vigour makes it appropriate to plant this cultivar at 1m spacing to ensure a high yield. The plant habit is trailing.
The plant has moderate disease resistance to downy mildew (Peronospora sparsa), the cause of ‘dry berry’ disease and to fruit Botrytis due to fruit firmness.
Use of the Variety
Karaka Black is suitable for fresh market, processing and pick your own. In a cool climate this cultivar is well suited to tunnel production of fruit for fresh market.
Karaka Black is protected by EU Plant Variety Rights: PVR Grant No. 10720. The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Karaka Black without a propagation licence is prohibited. Karaka Black is available from the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders