RZ: ‘The Total Solution’

The seed company is developing a range of solutions for each melon type in the world through the development and communication of concepts

Something for everything and everyone. This is how the Rijk Zwaan melon and watermelon offer could be summarised. And the fact is that the seed company provides a wide global range of solutions, to ensure that marketers can offer produce to supermarkets continuously, with the same quality standards. All of this will be seen on the 26th and 27th of June at their international event ‘The Total Solution’ at CED La Palma Cartagena (Murcia).

Diego Maestre, Melon and Watermelon coordinator, advances to Fruit Today that in Charentais LSL the ‘Ready to eat’ concept stands out, with which in addition to making the harvesting easier, it intends to generate a fruit which consumers can trust and understand when it is ripe. Therefore, when it takes on a creamy-yellow colour, consumers will know for certain that it has reached the required Brix (with a high standard) and the fruit will be ready to taste, with firm, deeply-coloured flesh. Examples of this are Mirandol (34-503) for Senegal and 34-506 for Morocco, both with long life on the plant and in post-harvest and all the resistances to powdery mildew and aphids (2, 3, 5 and 3.5 race). For Spain, the range includes 34-505, Casasol, Paniol, Mirandol and Frivol.

In Piel de Sapo, the improvements to the Mellisimo line continue and they have added 14P031, the smallest of all of them, resistant to aphids, a very strong, high quality plant, which even beats Ricura. “It can be grown in full summer and completes the solution for export.”

On the Spanish market, Mesura has taken on a new impetus, mainly in Almeria and Murcia and under cover in La Mancha. Its new generation of Piel de Sapo continues with the Galactus variety, with all the resistances to powdery mildew and aphids (2, 3, 5 and 3.5 race), a very strong plant that may be grown at the end of the cycle in Murcia and at the beginning and the end in La Mancha. And the range is closed by Flecha Verde for midsummer in La Mancha. Of the last two, Maestre emphasizes, “the safety that they give when cutting and their high quality, particularly in Flecha Verde, a premium product.”

There is also a new generation in yellow melons, to replace Pekín, Ducral and Yeral, providing resistances to powdery mildew and aphids (2, 3, 5 and 3,5 race). For Almeria, Limal is already being marketed.

In the Galia segment, the new Alcazabas are already on the market (the first one for Almeria), followed by the Salmeron varieties for Murcia (long life with a fast sugar increase and deep yellow colour) and Venus (the first extended life melon, but with the quality of the traditional Galia).

Ananas, Galias for Africa and Eastern Europe, Cantaloupe, Honey Dews… complete RZ’s offer, along with the ‘crispy’ flesh innovations’.

Watermelon

Two new micro-seed watermelons have been added to the portfolio this year: 62-430, with an individual size, with very few seeds, high internal quality and Crimson skin, which allows it to be clearly differentiated from the tiger-striped or black watermelons, meaning it is perfect as a pollinator.

62-356, with Tigre (tiger) skin, offers greater quality in the individual type, with crunchier flesh and greater quality, both in colour and flavour. “We have reduced the size and number of seeds to the minimum.”

In addition, they have added a third premium quality mini watermelon (black seedless): 62-974.

In the large seedless Tigre type, Kidman continues to be the solution for open air growing. “it is giving very good results in Senegal and Spain”, Maestre stresses. And finally, in black seedless, they will show Amaltea. All of these, along with many other innovations are waiting for you at the field days.

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