Cassandra (formerly EM1064), was bred at East Malling Research and first selected in 1998. It has a complex pedigree including Rosie, Eros, Rapella and Selva.
Fruit Quality :
The fruit has a regular conical shape and attractive appearance with strong red colour and a glossy skin finish. The berries have slightly sunken achenes but strong skin and a juicy texture. Eating quality and shelf life is good. ///
Yield and Fruit Size
In trials the yield has been similar to or slightly higher than Elsanta with better average fruit size and a higher percentage of Class1 fruit. Cassandra performs well both from misted tip plantings and in the 60 day system.
Season and cropping pattern
The season normally begins about three days before Elsanta and the subsequent harvesting pattern is similar.
Cassandra is suitable for all types of retail outlets, including supermarkets.
Plant Characteristics :
Plants are slightly more vigorous than Elsanta, with a semi-erect habit. Runner production is good.
Cassandra is moderately resistant to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) but susceptible to wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum).
Use of the variety
Cassandra is a good all round variety that is suitable for outdoor or tunnel production and can be marketed through a variety of retail outlets.