Crossing Sel EU 1763 (03-03-97). Selected at Planasa’s research nursery in Le Barp (France). Bred and registered by Planasa.
Resilient, upright and well-adjusted. Darselect has dark green foliage and strong roots. It requires a lot of watering and is moderately tolerant to Phytophthora and Cactorum but susceptible to Verticilium. Darselect is also susceptible to mildew at the beginning of Autumn and at risk from red spiders.
The peduncle is long and the flowers are located outside the foliage, which helps with the harvest rate. High quality, good fertilizing pollen.
During high season, the dominant shape is conical and elongated, sometimes with a flat and square shaped tip. At the beginning of the harvesting season, the largest strawberries are generally cone shaped and of a considerable size. In general, this remains the case throughout the season. The shape and size of the fruit may, however, vary according to growing conditions. The skin is an all-over brick-red colour. Under some conditions or under stress achenes may increase and the strawberry can become less glossy in appearance. The flesh is light red and firm and generally resistant. Darselect do not darken in colour after harvesting and are apt for long transportation times. A good balance between sugar and acidity is maintained throughout the season in both Spring and Autumn. The sugar content, skin glossiness and red homogenous colouring are at their peak when fully matured.
The long stem means it’s easy to harvest the fruit, speeding up the harvesting process and reducing harvesting costs. Strawberry farmers report between 18 to 25kg per hour. The percentage of unmarketable fruit is low Agronomic