Embrapa, the agricultural research company presented the new varieties of peach BRS Serenata and BRS Jaspe on December 1, within the third edition of the Peach Festival held in the Brazilian city of Pelotas, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
In addition to launching the new varieties, Embrapa also presented a book titled 'Peach, Nectarine, and Plum', which provides a synthesis of the main information available on these stone fruits' crops. Embrapa also held an exhibition on consolidated varieties and promising selections of peaches, rootstocks, and measures to control fruit flies in the orchards.
The new varieties
BRS Serenata is a table peach variety for the fresh fruit market. Its fruits are predominantly red. They have a round shape and white pulp, and a sweet and not too sour taste. These characteristics are in accordance with the preference of the large Brazilian consumer markets, especially for their very attractive appearance.
The plant has medium vigor and its size is slightly smaller than the average of other varieties. Flowering takes place in the first half of August and the fruit ripens in the second half of November in the region of Pelotas. Its cultivation is recommended in regions of low cold accumulation in southern and southeastern Brazil.
The BRS Jasper variety stands out for its productivity, even under adverse weather conditions. The variety is suitable for regions with a cold accumulation of 200 hours or more. Full flowering in the region of Pelotas takes place in the second half of July and the fruit matures at the same time as the Granada variety, i.e. at the beginning of the second half of November. Its fruits are larger than average, and could potentially be used by the industry.