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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Simon: Release: Savory
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                              AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE
                                 WASHINGTON, D.C. 20050




The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service,
with the California and Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations announce the
release of SAVORY tested under pedigree (B8080xB2302)xB2566.  SAVORY is a home
garden and fresh-market carrot adapted for production in both organic and
mineral soils where Imperator 58, HiColor 9, Gold Pak, and hybrids A Plus,
Orlando Gold and Golden State are grown.

In 1985, California-grown SAVORY received, from trained judges, the highest
flavor ratings given in five years of tests that included popular high-quality
hybrids, A Plus and Orlando Gold.  Flavor ratings of SAVORY grown in Florida
were equal to A Plus and Orlando Gold and superior to the widely-grown
variety, HiColor 9. In addition to its excellent flavor and eating quality,
nutritional value derived from pro-vitamin A in carotenes is of special
interest.  Average total carotene of 120 ppm in SAVORY is equal to Orlando
Gold and 40% higher than widely-grown Imperator 58.

Roots preferred by consumers for the unique, crisp texture of SAVORY, may be
sensitive to cracking by mechanical harvest.  This is a minor problem for home
gardens, but commercial growers are urged to limit their experimental acreage
and minimize mechanical damage.

SAVORY was evaluated for appearance in trials at Zellwood, FL in 1985 and El
Centro, CA in 1984 and 1985.  Following are acceptability scores based on
values of 1 = unacceptable, 2 = poor, 3 = fair, 4 = good, and 5 = excellent.

                                     19841                     1985    
Entry                                  CA                  FL         CA
SAVORY                                 3.0                 3.4        3.3
A Plus                                 1.9                 3.2        2.8
Orlando Gold                           2.8                 3.5        3.4
Golden State                           2.4                 3.0        3.6
Candy Pack                             3.0                 2.3        3.3
Olympiad                               3.7                 2.6        3.0
Imperator 58                           2.2                 2.0        2.2
HiColor 9                              2.6                 3.0        2.8

8 commercial hybrids2 (average)        2.5                 2.4        2.6
range of commercial hybrids          2.1-3.0             1.6-3.2    2.1-3.0

1 There were 38 to 52 judges for each trial; one observation row  per entry.
2 Commercial hybrid entries were Chancellor, Pak Mor, Fanci Pak,
 Dominator, Six Pak II, HiPak, Top Pak, and Dagger 78.
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These values demonstrate that SAVORY is acceptable as a commercial variety and
should be competitive with most available varieties on the basis of appearance
alone.  SAVORY is being released because of its superior eating quality and
high vitamin A potential.

The inbred B8080 was released in 1983. B2302 and B2566 were released early in
1986 to permit seed increase this year.  Pilot production of stock seed and
hybrid SAVORY were accomplished by ARCO Seed Company in 1985 under standard
agreements with the Agricultural Research Service.  The Fl seed parent
(B8080xB2302) and its inbred components, produced under these agreements, will
supply interested companies with needed stock seed to initiate production.
Those who wish to produce SAVORY should request production shares.  Those
interested in testing the female parent (B8080xB2302) in experimental
combination with other pollen parents should request experimental samples for
that purpose.

Pilot production of SAVORY will be pro-rated by ARCO, at a reasonable
wholesale price, to competing seed producers on orders received before April
1, 1986.  If a demand develops, this provision ensures competing seed firms a
means of supplying their customers while initiating their own production.

Seed of the three inbred components, the Fl seed parent for production or
experimental needs, and trial samples of SAVORY can be secured by addressing
requests before March 1, 1986 to P. W. Simon, USDA, ARS, Department of
Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  53706.

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Director Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

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Director, California Agricultural Experiment Station

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Administrator, Agricultural Research Service

Last Modified: 8/10/2004