Father: Thompson Seedless (Sultanina)
Year of breeding:
Country of origin: USA: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456.
Very early ripening. It produces large
bunches of white seedless grapes with sweet, delicious, honey-like flavour and
melting, juicy texture. Great for juice, raisins, or fresh eating.
The clusters are loosely filled, but cane
girdling, gibberellic acid treatments, or thinning may be used to increase
cluster compactness and improve berry size. The brittle
rachis may break when handled, and the berries may shell in storage. The
rachis is also subject to bunch stem necrosis, a poorly understood
disorder that causes a shriveling of the cluster stem, often just before
harvest. Despite these cultural defects, Himrod is currently the most
commercially important of the seedless grapes grown in New York.
Cane pruning is advised.