‘Cascade Gold’ is a new gold-fruited, floricane fruiting raspberry cultivar (Rubus idaeus L.) jointly released by Washington State University (WSU), Oregon State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It has been evaluated at Puyallup, WA, in plantings from 1988 to 2008. In general, ‘Cascade Gold’ has produced large, firm, early-season fruit. In some plantings, ‘Cascade Gold’ was among the highest yielding clones, but in others, yield has been relatively low, especially on sites with root rot. On sites where yield was reduced, the fruit was still among the largest and firmest of the clones in the planting. The fruit is glossy, firm, large-sized, and longer than wide. The fruit has moderate to high soluble solids, low pH, and high titratable acidity, resulting in tart but well-balanced flavor. The fruit releases easily from the receptacle at a light yellow stage of development, but for optimum flavor, the fruit should be more mature (Fig. 1). It is best suited to fresh market use because of its large size, attractive appearance, and firmness.
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