Late Fry

Cultivar Information

Flower type = Self-fertile
Berry color = Bronze
Year introduced = 1993   
Variety protection = Patented


'Late Fry' was released and patented by Ison's Nursery in 1993. Plant patent #9224, Aug. 1, 1995. The listed pedigree is 'Fry' x 'Granny Val'.


'Late Fry' was tested after we conducted most our trials, so we only really have observational data on it. So far, it has looked okay. It might fill the need for a late season bronze cultivar for the fresh market. It appears to have higher sugar content than its parent, 'Granny Val', but is not quite as late as 'Granny Val'. I only recommend trial plantings of this cultivar until we know more about it. Trial plantings by a grower in North Carolina indicate that 'Late Fry' is at least as susceptible to fruit rot as its parent 'Fry', and maybe more so. We have also seen a fair amount of fruit rot in our plantings. Based on this susceptibility I would be careful planting it if you have had trouble with rot on other cultivars like 'Fry'.



Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Berry weight (g) Berry diameter (mm) Soluble solids (%)
Late Fry 16.4 30 14.4
Fry 12.7 27 15.3
Supreme 17.7 31 13.9

Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Vine vigor Leaf disease Berry rot % Full crop Harvest period Ripening % Dry scar
Late Fry Good slight slight 80% late uneven 60%
Fry medium slight slight 70% midseason even 30%
Supreme medium slight none 90% midseason uneven 60%