What’s better than a raspberry?

A NZ and Canadian research team has developed what they say is an even better variety of red raspberry.

It has been given the name ‘Mutere’, a Maori word meaning ‘island’ because the cultivar was selected near Upper Moutere and Lower Moutere, near Motueka.

The raspberry was created in a planned breeding program at The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited, which was recently renamed The New Zealand Institute of Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant and Food Research).

It has performed well in British Columbia, Canada, and in the Nelson region of NZ in small-sized research plots over several years.

The new variety is distinguished by high yields of large, uniform size, bright red berries.

The fruit is suitable for consumption as early season high-grade fresh berries and is very attractive when packaged for the fresh market.

The new red raspberry cultivar is the subject of a grant of a US plant patent.

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