A Firsthand Look at ARRA Early Varieties

This week, it is our pleasure to share with you an article recently published in Fresh Plaza regarding the ARRA early varieties that you will be able to see firsthand at the ARRA Open Field Day on 17th July in Bakersfield, California. 

2018 is the year that the early ARRA™ table grape varieties are starting to appear in volume in the marketplace.

These ARRA early varieties, unique to the ARRA programme, are the result of ARD breeder Shachar Karniel’s foresight. Years ago Shachar anticipated the need to replace existing early varieties like Flame and Perlett that were deemed no longer suitable due to their considerable production costs and high maintenance requirements.

Among the ARRA early varieties that are making their mark, ARRA 29 and ARRA 30 are commercialized worldwide.

ARRA Early Variety: ARRA 29
ARRA 29: This large, early, crisp variety is an excellent replacement for Flame and has exceptional eating quality.
ARRA Early Variety: ARRA 30
ARRA 30: Ready for harvest 7 days after Early Sweet. This variety is perfect for mass production and is a great replacement for a very early white variety.

Early white, red and black varieties in the ARD pipeline

In addition to the commercialized varieties, there is also an array of upcoming pipeline early varieties currently under evaluation in the ARD test block:

8A-19+4 (Jumbo): An excellent white variety, harvested immediately after ARRA 30 and ripening concurrently with Thompson
8A-19+4 (Jumbo): An excellent white variety, harvested immediately after ARRA 30 and ripening concurrently with Thompson
7A-40+1: Is an extremely early red variety (10 days before Flame), very fertile, with a natural colour.
7A-40+1: Is an extremely early red variety (10 days before Flame), very fertile, with a natural colour.
83B-21+2: Ripening concurrently with Flame, a very promising black variety with both great eating qualities and extended shelf life.
83B-21+2: Ripening concurrently with Flame, a very promising black variety with both great eating qualities and extended shelf life.
9A-3+1: Ripening the same time with Early Sweet, the berries are crisp and sweet, with a divine muscat flavour.
9A-3+1: Ripening the same time with Early Sweet, the berries are crisp and sweet, with a divine muscat flavour.
30A-11+3: Ripening immediately after Flame, very productive, large berry size and great eating quality.
30A-11+3: Ripening immediately after Flame, very productive, large berry size and great eating quality.

For a firsthand view of these amazing early varieties in the breeding site and commercial plots, you are most welcome to visit us at the ARRA Open Field Days which will take place in Bakersfield, California in July in week 29 and in August in week 33.
During the August field days, we will also present a new line of muscat varieties and mid to late season varieties.
 
The ARRA table grape line is constantly expanding; in addition to the early varieties, we continue to create and commercialize mid and late ARRA varieties to meet the ever-changing demands of the marketplace.

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