- Season: Early Season
- Main characteristic/s: Compact Growth Habit
- Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Malling™ Minerva
- Very attractive, conical shaped berries, with a very regular outline and small drupelets.
- The berries are easily plugged, firm, with good colour and flavour.
- Good shelf life.
- Good disease resistance
- Early season
Early summer fruiting, approximately one week later than Glen Moy.
Malling™ Minerva produces very attractive, conical shaped berries, with a very regular outline and small drupelets. The berries are easily plugged, firm, with good colour and flavour. Fruit size of Malling™ Minerva is similar to Glen Moy and smaller than Glen Ample, but with a more even, attractive shape. Good shelf life, better than Glen Moy.
Plant & Disease Characteristics
It remained free of raspberry bushy dwarf virus for 11 years, which indicates good field resistance to pollen infection.
Malling™ Minerva has a very good, compact plant habit, canes are spine-free and pleasant to handle. The fruit is well presented on medium length, strong, ascending laterals with sparse foliage. The erect new cane grows in the centre of the row. Malling Minerva breaks bud early, but is not as prone to frost damage as Glen Moy.
Resistant to biotypes 1-4 of Amphorophora idaei, the main aphid vector of raspberry viruses. Fairly resistant to cane diseases but was moderately susceptible to Phytophthora root rot in glass house tests at East Malling.
Malling™ Minerva is a non-protected variety. Malling™ Minerva is available from the following propagators: