Cordial, a late-season, short-day strawberry (Fragaria ×ananassa Duch. ex Rozier), follows Keepsake as the second cultivar resulting from a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) effort at Beltsville, MD, to develop strawberries with increased shelf life (Lewers et al., 2019). ‘Cordial’ and ‘Keepsake’ strawberries had similarly low proportions of fruit rot and degradation in 2 weeks of refrigerated storage compared with other cultivars and breeding selections. ‘Cordial’ has consistently provided very high yields and very low rot with no fumigation or fungicides in an annual plasticulture system at Beltsville, MD. ‘Cordial’ strawberries are large, attractive, quite firm, and tough enough for handling. The name, ‘Cordial’, is in reference to the flavor being friendly, not tart, even in rainy weather. ‘Cordial’ is expected to be adapted to the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and regions with similar climates.
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