DR0607TC is one of De Ruiter’s round red cherry tomatoes commercialized in 2014, in various European countries. It presents advantages at two levels, on the one hand, the variety shows technical advantages benefiting growers, on the other hand, it allows the harvest of a high quality product, attractive for consumers.
The variety has a homogeneous caliber with an average weight between 13 and 15 grams. Also, although it was first developed to be harvested in truss, DR0607TC demonstrates a group maturation that also facilitates a loose harvest, with or without calyx.
The tomato has a strong resistance system, including high resistance to Cladosporiosis, particularly appreciated in the south of France where pressure can be high due to the hot and humid climate. It is also resistant to Tomato Mosaic Virus, Fusarium and exhibits good behavior at Oïdium, confirmed by crop observations.
For consumers, this variety is also attractive. One of the perks is a nice presentation allowed by a beautiful bright red coloring and encouraging to buy on supermarket shelves.
Its second quality lies in a good taste potential that allows the customer satisfaction during the tasting. At SIVAL 2020, consumer testings have been done with our taste box, DR0607TC was preferred to the competitor's variety.
Finally, to allow customer satisfaction to persist over time, the good behavior regarding cracking and firmness of DR0607TC gives it a good hold and good conservation properties.
In recent years, the interest in DR0607TC has been confirmed and increasing in countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
In 2019/2020, the company APS, based in England, grows the variety on more than 3ha. This varietal choice allowed them to solve the problems of firmness and conservation burst encountered with competing varieties.
Brian Moralee, in charge of culture at APS Ile de Wight, points out the 3 strengths of DR0607TC "good fruit quality, flexibility in production and harvesting method, good behavior against Oïdium."
He confirms "We were very impressed with the quality of DR0607TC. The quality of the fruit allows for 1 less picking cycle per week, its firmness, color and shelf life have meant that we have had no problems with our customers." Regarding harvesting and production flexibility, Brian adds "DR0607TC can be harvested in loose and/or truss, with a higher level of coloration to reduce harvest frequency and thus labor." The producer also points out "his good behavior towards Oïdium is a big advantage."
Brian concludes that he would like to continue growing DR0607TC in 2021 and recommends that other producers tempted by DR0607TC graft this variety onto a powerful rootstock such as DR0141TX. "I would advise growing the variety with enough strength in the summer to increase the number of trusses forked during this period."
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