Early season strawberry varieties - a few comments
Annapolis strawberry is in season now! This berry from Nova Scotia is suited for local fresh markets or PYO operations in Ontario. The fruit is orange on the outside and white on the inside; this could confuse some customers into thinking it is unripe, but when they taste it they will change their minds. Annapolis has a sweet, somewhat tart flavour. Its "strawberry-ness" is not as pronounced as it is in other varieties; some may consider Annapolis to have a bland flavour. Annapolis plants are resistant to red stele, but susceptible to powdery mildew and angular leaf spot. The real strength of Annapolis is its size and its season; it will produce enormous strawberries for a much extended period. You will harvest Annapolis during the early season all the way into late season. Overall it will out-produce most other early varieties. The fruits become rounder later in the season, but the size will hold.
Figure 1: Annapolis strawberry in basket
This early-season strawberry is fruiting now! This dark red berry is from Kentville, Nova Scotia and is great for wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own operations in Ontario. Wendy is juicy with a classic strawberry flavour that is slightly flowery. It has a slight tart aftertaste. These strawberries are blocky in shape and soft when ripe. They are bright red, but in southwestern Ontario they may be darker in colour. Sometimes they may ripen unevenly, leaving white tips or shoulders. Some growers complain that Wendy has bad longevity and experiences trouble producing in its second year. Its susceptibility to leaf diseases, especially angular leaf spot, makes Wendy risky to grow. Yields are inconsistent, but when conditions are right, AC Wendy performs well !
Figure 2: Wendy strawberry on the plant
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|Author:||E. S. Harlow - University of Guelph Student Learning Program/OMAFRA|
|Creation Date:||18 June 2015|
|Last Reviewed:||18 June 2015|