Selection: PRI 9803
Origin: Fresh Forward, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Salsa is a cross of 1998 selected by Bert Meulenbroek at PRI, Wageningen. Fresh Forward is the owner of the variety and is in charge of the licence control of Salsa.
Salsa is a late June-bearing strawberry variety. Because the harvest starts between 7 and 10 days after Elsanta, Salsa can be a good alternative for other late varieties. The productivity and fruit size of Salsa are superior compared to Elsanta. Salsa is very easy to pick, although its skin is sensitive to bruising. Because of these characteristics Salsa is not recommended for the supermarkets but considered very suitable for ‘pick-your-own’ farms and the direct sales sector.
Salsa is resistant against wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and can be a good alternative for older soils where root diseases are a problem and soil fumigation is not possible.
Salsa has a good vigour and an upright habit. Typical for Salsa are its pale green leaves, the hairy flower trusses and the more prolific production of runners.
Flowering and harvest period:
The flowers of Salsa are of good quality with large anthers and abundant viable pollen. Salsa blooms between 7 and 10 days later than Elsanta. Because of its late flowering period Salsa does not suffer from night frost injuries. The cropping season of Salsa starts later than Polka and is similar to that of Florence.
The berries of Salsa are very large. The average fruit weight of Salsa is 30 to 40 % higher than Elsanta. The primary fruits are conical but often a bit wedged. The secundary and tertiary berries do have a uniform short rounded conical shape. Characteristic for Salsa is the upright calyx and the white shoulder.
The fruits are bright red and the flesh is pink-white. The fruits of Salsa are juicier than Elsanta, the flavour is pleasant but not strong. The achenes are embedded in the fruitskin which makes the strawberries more prone to bruising. The shelf life of Salsa is inferior to Elsanta.
Salsa is very high yielding. The production of marketable fruit is on average 20 % higher than Elsanta with a greater proportion of large berries. Salsa is easy to pick.
Pest and disease resistance:
Field tests have demonstrated good resistance against wilt (Verticillium dahliae). Salsa is also tolerant for powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca mac.). Salsa is sensitive to leather- and crownrot (Phytophthora cactorum) but to a lesser degree than Korona and Polka. On the other hand, Salsa is susceptible to fruitrot (Botrytis cinerea).
Growing experience with Salsa:
Salsa is a vigorous robust variety which has proved to be tolerant to low winter temperatures. It performs well in traditional soil culture in northern regions. Good yield and fruit size can be obtained with Salsa using fresh plants established in August or using frigoplants established in May or June. To maintain firm and glossy fruits it is recommended to restrict the nitrogen fertilisation.
Because of the vigorous growth habit of Salsa it is important to spray preventive against gray mould (Botrytis cinerea). Due to the late blooming period chemical treatment against strawberry bud weevil (Anthonomus) needs special attention.
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