Saint-Pierre is a new June bearing strawberry cultivar (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) bred for Eastern Central Canada and climates similar to Quebec conditions. Saint-Pierre was released because of its very large, firm light-red coloured fruit and its keeping quality lasting several days after harvesting or maturing in the field (Khanizadeh, 1994). The fruit colour does not turn dark red during storage and has a similar level of antioxidants (gallic acid, protocatecuic acid, catechin, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, epicatechin, and ellagic acid) as those with good shelf-life. It is ideal for growers who need to store the fruits for several days before marketing.
Khanizadeh, H., Carisse, O., Deschenes, M., DeEll, J. and Gauthier, L. (2003). ‘SAINT-PIERRE’ STRAWBERRY. Acta Hortic. 626, 111-112
Fragaria x ananassa, fruit breeding, storage, shelf-life, red stele