Representatives of the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Sciences (Ukraine) developed and officially registered seven new blackcurrant varieties. Breeders have been working on their varieties for almost 20 years, according to EastFruit.
“Some of the varieties have already been tested by professional and amateur farms of Ukraine, and “Black dessert” became a hit even before its official recognition,” notes representative of the Institute on their Facebook page.
Soon, all interested growers will be able received a detailed description of the new varieties and find out about their availability for licensing on the official website of the Institute of Horticulture of the National Academy of Sciences.
Black currant and red currant are a traditional berry for Ukraine. It used to be the most widespread berry in the northern and central regions of the country used for fresh consumption and to produce jams and various currant-based drinks. Ukraine exports blackcurrant mostly in the frozen from.
This berry is very rich in vitamins and antioxidants and could be considered a true superfood. Ukrainian breeders have been actively working in the recent years on improving blackcurrants’ taste for the fresh market consumption as well on productivity and other important characteristics.
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