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Nantahala raspberry

Posted by djofnelson 7, Ctrl. VA, foothil (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 13, 09 at 11:37

I came across this new raspberry and thought others in the upper South and lower Mid-Atlantic might be interested. Large size, later ripening, and the flavor is supposedly as good or better than Heritage and Caroline. Nourse is selling them in small trial quantities for spring 2009 (email them directly).

'Nantahala’, is a new primocane fruiting red raspberry (R. idaeus L.) released by North Carolina State University. This is the first red raspberry to be released from the bramble breeding program in over 50 years. The primary characteristics that distinguish ‘Nantahala’ from other red raspberry cultivars are its late harvest season and larger berry size than other industry standards. ‘Nantahala’ also has a highly attractive red color and slightly conical shape and delectable flavor.
‘Nantahala’ ripens later than most primocane
fruiting cultivars. Harvest typically commences
the first week of September in Laurel Springs,
NC (elevation 2850 ft) and the third week of
August in Mills River (formerly Fletcher) NC
(elevation 2066 ft). Harvest continues 2¬3 weeks
until a hard frost occurs. ‘Nantahala’ is
recommended for the mountain regions of North
Carolina and adjacent states. The late harvest
will enable growers in that region to harvest high
quality fruit later into the fall than in the past.
Studies are currently underway to assess
performance and season of ripening of
‘Nantahala’ in high tunnels at high elevations.
Replicated yield trials were conducted at the
Upper Mountain Research Station in Laurel
Springs and at the Mountain Horticultural Crops
Research Station in Fletcher, NC. The total yield
of ‘Nantahala’ was 3621 g/20 ft plot and 1434
g/20 ft plot in Laurel Springs and Fletcher, NC
respectively, which is lower than other cultivars
(Table 1). However, ‘Nantahala’s berry (3.5 g) is
larger than both Heritage and Caroline, two of
the present industry standards.
Sensory Evaluations conducted by a trained
panel at the NCSU Department of Food Science
in the fall of 2006. Three standard cultivars
(Caroline, Heritage and a store bought
"California" variety) and ‘Nantahala’ were
evaluated in blind tests. Panelists scored all
cultivars for overall acceptability, red color,
shape, flavor, firmness, juiciness, seediness,
and fuzziness. ‘Nantahala’s’ flavor, texture and
seediness were as good as or better than the
three other cultivars in the panel. Appearance
(color and shape), of ‘Nantahala’ was rated
superior to all of the other cultivars.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Nantahala raspberry

I meant to ask if anyone has had the opportunity to taste this variety (or spoken to someone that has)?

Also, I'd previously emailed one of the developers at NC State to ask for a source and she said that Nantahala should do quite well in central VA.

RE: Nantahala raspberry

This is the first I've heard of it. Thanks for posting the info about it though!

RE: Nantahala raspberry

I was able to try Nantahala and Heritage at the same time and Nantahala was DELICIOUS! Heritage was flavorless in comparison. These berries were both produced in a high tunnel together.

RE: Nantahala raspberry

I thought I'd follow up on my post now that I've got my first full crop and tasted a few hundred Nantahala berries over the last few months. I grow Heritage, Caroline, Prelude, Anne, Autumn Britten, Autumn Bliss, Cascade Delight, Kiwi Gold, Josephine, Encore, and Canby, and Nantahala is the best tasting red raspberry I've ever tasted. It is somewhat sweeter and more flavorful (and a bit larger) than Caroline or Prelude (two of my favorites). I agree that the flavor difference with my Heritages was far from subtle. It also doesn't seem to vary as much in flavor based on weather, like my other raspberries do. This is my first full crop, so we'll see about longevity and disease resistance. Nourse Farms sells it (you need to call or email them directly).

As an aside, my new Josephines also have good flavor for such a large berry (and are also sold at Nourse).

RE: Nantahala raspberry

It's always great to receive positive feedback on our recent cultivar releases. Thank you.
There is also a new red raspberry cultivar released from Cornell University named 'Crimson Giant' and another, yellow floricane fruiting (summer bearing) cultivar, out of Washington State University name 'Cascade Gold' which might be of interest to you.

RE: Nantahala raspberry

Just for information, the Nantahala raspberry is also sold as 'Sweet Repeat' (trademark)

RE: Nantahala raspberry

"Just for information, the Nantahala raspberry is also sold as 'Sweet Repeat' (trademark)"

Funny as the black raspberry "Niwot" is also sold as "sweet repeat"
Nourse still sells Nantahala, but you have to buy 5 plants. Something I don't care for, but it's almost cheaper to buy 5 at Nourse than one at Gurney's! I like to buy only one plant, if I like it I will propagate the suckers.
Nantahala is not in the top ten best sellers at Nourse. Probably because of the late season fruiting.
If you want to try it buy one at Indiana Berry for $3.25. Gurney's wants $12.99. I bought from indiana and the plants are huge! Beautiful! Let's keep them in business, and reward such a low cost place!

RE: Nantahala raspberry

Thank you for the update on your Nantahla raspberry. I also want to second Indiana Berry. Prices and shipping are very reasonable. Customer service is A+. They recently accidentally sent me the wrong package and will be sending the correct items immediately, telling me to keep what they did send as well. Hence, I'm researching Nantahala raspberry as this was one of the items I get to keep.

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