Breeder BASF has unveiled its first hybrid artichoke variety, offering a longer post-harvest life and higher yield than standard varieties. According to sales manager Francisco Solera, speaking at Fruit Attraction in Madrid, the Green Queen F1 artichoke will allow retailers to significantly reduce their in-store artichoke waste and improve shelf rotation. When stored correctly by consumers at home, the variety can be refrigerated for up to 15 days.
The new release has a uniform shape; a full, tight heart; and a bright green colour. It does not brown easily, and its leaves are tender and flavoursome. As well as promising yields 30-40% higher than standard varieties, Green Queen has strong resistance to diseases such as the soil-borne pathogen Rhizoctonia solani. The artichoke is marketed under the ‘Amor a primera vista’ (Love at first sight) slogan.