- Season: Very early season
- Main characteristic/s: Attractive fruit
- Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Malling Freya
- Very early season
- Glossy bright mid-red berries
- Very cohesive fruit
Very early and condensed ripening period. In trials carried out in Oxford (UK) in 2004 and 2005, the 50% pick dates of Malling Freya were 6th July and 30th June respectively, compared to 21st July and 3rd July for Glen Moy.
The berries of Malling Freya are pale to mid-red in colour and brighter than those of Glen Moy. The berries are medium to large, with a blunt conic shape, very cohesive and in the main evenly set. Fruit texture is similar to that Glen Moy and Tulameen. The skin is stronger than that of Glen Moy, but weaker than that of Glen Ample and Tulameen. Flavour can range from fair to aromatic depending on the season and growing conditions. Limited shelf life.
Malling Freya has good yield potential for an early floricane variety.
The primocanes are hairy, leafy, very pleasant to handle and prune, upright to slightly spreading at their tip in habit, adequate in number, tall and of medium diameter. The laterals in the lower section of the canes are of medium length and horizontal to slightly drooping, and in the upper third of canes, medium/short and ascending. In general, they present fruit fairly well to pickers but can be easily damaged by strong winds or very heavy rainfall.
Malling Freya is resistant to biotypes 1-4 of the large raspberry aphid (Amphorophora idaei). Moderately resistant to cane Botrytis, spur blight and cane spot. Glass house tests in 2005 and 2006 indicated that M. Freya has better tolerance to Phytophthora root rot than other early varieties (Glen Moy, Malling Minerva and Malling Juno) tested in the same experiments. It has not found infected with raspberry bushy dwarf virus (RBDV) after 15 years exposure in the field at East Malling.
Malling™ Freya is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 40345). Switzerland PBR (Grant No: 15.2574). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Malling™ Freya 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). Malling™ Freya is available from the following licensed propagators: