‘Double Gold’ and ‘Crimson Night’ are the fourth and fifth new berry varieties introduced by Associate Professor of Horticulture Courtney Weber in the past year. Other recent releases include Purple Wonder™, the darkest strawberry variety available, and the ‘Crimson Giant’ raspberry, suitable for high tunnel cropping systems with harvest into November. Photo: Robin Wishna

‘Double Gold’ and ‘Crimson Night’ are the fourth and fifth new berry varieties introduced by Associate Professor of Horticulture Courtney Weber in the past year. Other recent releases include Purple Wonder™, the darkest strawberry variety available, and the ‘Crimson Giant’ raspberry, suitable for high tunnel cropping systems with harvest into November. Photo: Robin Wishna

Berry Different: Growers turn to new Cornell raspberries for better flavor, disease-resistance and a colorful fall crop

By Kate Frazer

Two new raspberry varieties developed at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences —‘Double Gold’ and ‘Crimson Night’—were licensed this fall by two nurseries seeking flavorful, vigorous and disease-resistant raspberry varieties that can thrive in cold and unpredictable climates.

Designed for pick-your-own farms, farm stands and home gardeners by Associate Professor of Horticulture Courtney Weber at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), the berries have attracted interest from nurseries seeking varieties with intense flavor and a different look.

“I have been told by vendors at farmers markets that having several colors on display is a good way to draw in customers and distinguish yourself from other sellers,” said Weber. “I’m hoping these berries fit that niche.”

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