It has taken fifteen years for the Archer strawberry variety to come to fruition. There is quite a bit of effort and a ton of patience involved in bringing a new strawberry variety to market. And, the new Archer strawberry variety is no exception. The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York (Cornell University), has finally released the variety that was selected in 2001. Courtney Weber, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is the man responsible for this new and exceptional variety. If early indicators are correct, this berry could significantly boost both farming revenues and culinary enjoyment.
What Makes the Archer Strawberry Variety Special?
Strawberry plants can be fickle. They often succumb to fungal pathogens, and pests seem to enjoy munching on them just as much as humans do. So, whenever the process of strawberry selection begins for a new variety, one of the main goals is to ensure that the plants can survive in the locations for which it is developed. Archer does just that. It is hardy and resistant to most of the common strawberry pathogens that can inflict losses on gardeners and commercial growers alike.
Hardiness isn't the most notable characteristic of the Archer strawberry variety, however. Size matters. Archer is a gigantic strawberry variety. The berries are very large, topping out at a staggering 50 grams (a little bit less than 2 ounces). That is quite large for a strawberry. Big berries have been bred before, though. The new Archer strawberry variety succeeds in another category where other large-fruited varieties have notably failed: taste.