Three new blueberry cultivars created by UF Horticultural Sciences professor and blueberry breeder Jim Olmstead have been approved for release.
The new cultivars, named Avanti, Arcadia and Endura, were created for evergreen production, meaning fruit production is possible from late January through May. They are expected to produce higher yields than existing cultivars, which are not as well adapted to the evergreen management system.
They are also some of the only blueberry cultivars in existence that can be grown successfully in central and south central Florida, where 50% of the Florida’s blueberry production occurs.
The release of these cultivars will provide Florida blueberry farmers with the new opportunities for industry expansion.