Alka Niwa ( NT 140081 )

NT 140081 cultivar, proposed to be named Alka Niwa, has been submitted for legal protection to COBORU and is awaiting approval. The plant is strong with an open growth habit. The inflorescences emerge at the same level as the leaves, producing a large number of runners. The plant exhibits high health with low susceptibility to powdery mildew and resistance to root diseases. The ripening is early, with harvest approximately 26 days after flowering. The productivity is quite high, surpassing Elsanta and Malwina (760-1000 g per plant; 30.4-31.6 t/ha). The fruits are vibrant red, elongated (cone-shaped), sweet with a subtle strawberry-like aroma, firm (4+ on a scale of 1-5), ranging from large to small (average weight 15.7-19.6 g), and may become slightly fragmented during harvesting. Very large fruits may have a small air cavity; the peduncle is protruding, and detaching is moderately easy. The taste of the fruits is sweet (extract 10–11 Brix) with a subtle strawberry-like aroma. The polyphenol content is 1041.377; FRAP antioxidant value is 19.81; DPPH is 54-54.5; and the dry mass ranges from 10.5% to 13.0%. The cultivar is suitable for dessert consumption and processing for juice and pulp production. It can be used in specialized productions such as yogurts, ice creams, confectionery, and, due to its high dry mass content, for freeze-drying. It can be cultivated using various techniques in open fields and under covers (in soil or on tables with artificial substrate). Co-financed by the project POIR. 01.01.01-00-0073/16