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Tara


Cultivar Information

Flower type = Self-fertile
Berry color = Bronze
Year introduced = 1993
Variety protection = Unpatented

History

'Tara' was released in 1993 by R. Lane of the University of Georgia. 'Tara' was selected from the cross 'Summit' x 'Triumph'. 'Tara' was selected because of its large berries, self-fertile flowers, and disease resistance.


Comments

There is a lot to like about 'Tara'. Berry size is similar to 'Fry', which is quite large for a self-fertile cultivar, and harvest season is early. The berry color is more yellow than 'Fry', and the berries have a relatively dry stem scar. Fruit rot resistance seems to be good, and yields were high.

The only problem with 'Tara' is that at times the flavor can be "off". This problem can vary within the season, and between seasons. It is quite noticeable to some people, and not to others. All I can recommend is that a grower try a sample planting of 'Tara' to see if the quality is sufficient for their needs.


 


 

Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar

Berry weight (g)

Berry diameter (mm)

Soluble solids (%)

Tara

12.7

27

14.1

Fry

12.7

27

15.3

Supreme

17.7

31

13.9

 

 


Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar

Vine vigor

Leaf disease

Berry rot

% Full crop

Harvest period

Ripening

% Dry scar

Tara

medium

slight

slight

90 %

early

even

80%

Fry

medium

slight

slight

70%

midseason

even

30%

Supreme

medium

slight

none

90%

midseason

uneven

60%