Salsa is a late June bearer that comes into production about one week after Sonata. Strong properties are its good ﬂavour, in combination with late harvest, very good yield and very large, orangered fruits. Additionally, Salsa is minimally sensitive to mildew and wilt. This makes the variety useful in areas not suitable for many other varieties. Salsa is grown successfully in open ﬁeld cultivation in central and northern European countries where the focus is on companies with direct sales.
Flowering and picking period
Salsa makes a robust plant that blooms rather late. Because Salsa also blooms under the foliage, there is less chance of damage from late frost. The quality of the ﬂowers is very good. The ﬂowers, which are very big like the fruit, produce more than enough pollen. The harvest of Salsa is about 1 week after that of Sonata.
Salsa produces very large, conical, orangered fruit with an often slightly upright calyx. The strawberries are glossy, have somewhat sunken seeds and often a white collar. As a result of exuberant growth, the ﬁrst fruits can develop into very large, slightly grooved fruits. This always makes the fruits remarkable and easy to recognize. The average fruit weight is usually between 25 and 30 grams. The strawberries are juicy and have an excellent ﬂavour in comparison with other late varieties. The fruits are easy to pick. However, this must be done carefully to prevent brushing.
Salsa is very productive and gives a yield well above that of Sonata and comparable to that of Florence. Because of the large fruit size and the fact that the fruits are easy to ﬁnd and to break off, the picking performance is generally good. They are also very easy to sort.
Pest and disease susceptibility
Salsa produces very robust plants, which unlike plants of many other varieties are hardly susceptible to wilt (Verticillium dahliae). Salsa plants also have little trouble with powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca macularis) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum). Salsa is, however, sensitive to fruit rot (Botrytis cinerea). Therefore, preventive spraying against fruit rot during ﬂowering is very important, partly because Salsa can develop a relatively dense plant.