Malling™ Pearl

  • Season: Everbearer
  • Main characteristic/s: Exceptional eating qualities
  • Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Malling™ Pearl
  • Exceptional fruit quality
  • Sweet, juicy berries
  • Large, attractive berries
  • High fruit yield
Cropping Season
When planted in the spring, harvesting will begin in July and continue until October. In trials at NIAB_EMR 60% of the production has been in July/August and 40% in September/October, which is a similar pattern to Everest.

Fruit Quality
The fruit is of high quality. Berries have a regular conical shape and attractive appearance with mid red colour and a glossy skin finish. The berries are firm with a juicy texture and sweet flavour, resulting in excellent eating quality. Shelf life is good and brix levels have been consistently higher than Everest in trials at NIAB_EMR.

Fruit Yield
Malling™ Pearl has a yield similar to Everest but the average fruit size is larger, with a significantly higher proportion in the large size category (>35mm). The percentage waste is low. To maximise the fruit yield it is essential to use protection with polythene tunnels in the later part of the season.

Plant Characteristics
Plants have similar vigour to Everest but runner production is greater and it is important to remove the runners regularly to maximise yield.

Disease Resistance
Malling™Pearl is moderately resistant to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis). A susceptibility to crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum) has been observed in trials.

Plant Supply
Malling™ Pearl (EMR 286) is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. EU21938). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Malling™ Pearl 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™ Pearl is available from the following licensed propagators:

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Trial Results
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