Ferrara, 18 october 2022 – The first Italian harvest of the FRED® pear, the new variety of blushed pear, cultivated in Italy exclusively by the members of Origine Group, has been successfully completed.
The FRED® pear stands out for its productivity, early entry into production, low sensitivity to fire blight and above all excellent tolerance to brown spotting.
The resistance to brown spotting, attested by the research carried out in 2021 by Dr. Marina Collina of the University of Bologna, has been fully confirmed in the field. Next to the Abate plots heavily affected by the spotting, the FRED® plants were perfectly healthy and required far fewer treatments.
The harvested fruits are of good shape and size, with an excellent sugar content, and will be stored for a few weeks before getting into the market.
This year’s harvest is limited some dozens of tons, but in the coming years the plots planted in the last three years will come into production, so commercial volumes will increase rapidly.
The interest in this crop is confirmed by the participation of over 50 farmers and technicians in the Open Day organised before harvesting. During the meeting the characteristics of FRED®, which represents one of the few available varietal novelties for pears, were analysed.
A novelty not only from the production point of view but also for consumption, as FRED® combines the qualities that pear lovers appreciate, such as delicate sweetness and aroma, with crunchy and yet juicy texture.
About Origine Group
The consortium Origine Group was founded in 2015 by several companies, leaders in the international markets in the production and trading of fresh fruit and vegetables. The consortium represents companies already firmly present on the domestic and international markets, with a total turnover of over 1,200 million dollars, which have joined their resources to provide a top-quality product, working together on innovation and new varieties to look out into new emerging markets. Origine Group member are the Italian groups Apofruit, Frutta C2, Gran Frutta Zani, Kiwi Uno, Minguzzi, Salvi-Unacoa, Spreafico and the Chilean groups David Del Curto and Copefrut.