U.S. Patent PP21,719
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety
Description: Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ is a southern highbush blueberry variety developed at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences blueberry breeding program. Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ is noted for its early-ripening, high evergreen potential, and superior berry quality.
Fruit of Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ ripen very early, and berries remain sweet even as hues of blues emerge. Flowers of Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ open around January 30, and berries ripen around April 22. Berries of Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ average 2.40 grams. The berry quality of Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ is excellent, as the plant produces berries that are plump, firm, and aromatic. Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ produces medium loose berry clusters with very low berry detachment force. Additionally, plants of Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ demonstrate prolific early leafing, and this variety has done well in tests of the evergreen production system.
- Average Berry Weight (g): 2.7
- Fruit Firmness (g/mm): 189
- Soluble Solids (%): 11.7
- Titratable acidity (%): 0.37
- SS/TA Ratio (%): 43.7
License Availability: For a list of current licensees in the USA, please click here.
License Availability:FFSP Has licensed the following entities for the Kestrel™ ‘FL02-40’ cultivar outside of the USA
|Licensed Territory||Licensee||Type of License|
|Argentina||Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.||Exclusive License|
|Brazil||Dole Berry Company||Exclusive License|
|European Union||Rusticas del Guavaquir SA||Exclusive License|
|Japan||Ozeki Blueberry Nurseing Co., Ltd.||Exclusive License|
|Mexico||Hortifrut S.A.||Exclusive License|
|New Zealand||Gourmet Blueberries, Ltd.||Exclusive License|
|Peru||Hortifrut S.A.||Exclusive License|
|Republic of South Africa||Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.||Exclusive License|
|Uruguay||Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.||Exclusive License|