Parlando is a mid-early June bearer, from Fresh Forward’s high chill substrate breeding programme. The variety is suitable for early substrate cultivation, for a planting period from the end of December until the end of April. The variety stands out due to its outstanding and consistent fruit quality with a high yield and high disease resistance.
Plant and growth habit:
Parlando has an open structure and vigorous growth. The plant has an upright habit so the flower stalks are easily separated from the leaves. The leaves are a distinctive dark green with oval shaped leaf disks. Parlando has long flower stalks, a unique characteristic of its plant architecture. The first flower stalks have 9-11 fruits per stalk, while the following flower stalks are lighter with 6-7 fruits per flower stalk. Parlando produces relatively small flowers but they consistently grow into beautiful, large fruits.
The first experiences with Parlando show the following variety specific characteristics:
- The number of chill hours required by Parlando is lower than the number required by Sonata.
- The high evaporation rate of Parlando means a separate watering and climate strategy is advised to prevent the onset of drought stress.
The fruits are long and conical with an intense red colour. Parlando distinguishes from other varieties due to its outstanding setting during the entire cultivation cycle, ensuring a high percentage of class 1 fruits. The taste profile is a good balance of sweet and sour, combined with an aromatic strawberry fragrance. Parlando fits within the flavour profile of Elsanta perfectly. Parlando is a firm strawberry so it is suitable for long distribution channels.