our berries

Miro has partnered with BerryCo to acquire the intellectual property rights to a range of blueberry species varieties from Mountain Blue Orchards, a world-renowned, long-established and innovative enterprise in Australian breeder.

Selected for their suitability to warmer climates, these species are second-to-none when it comes to flavour, early-to-market large size, firmness, crispness, evergreen foliage and vigorous growth.

Miro is convinced this will prove the catalyst in allowing New Zealand to compete on the berryfruit world stage. It will open the door by producing these species locally and then exporting them to Australia and Asia.

As well as a delicious range of berries, Miro plans to embark on providing:

Much improved packing facilities and co-ordinated marketing strategies.

Service provision from farm to consumer.

The expertise and support to growers required to give the berryfruit industry in New Zealand an exciting future.

 

our future berries

 

Miro has partnered with Plant and Food Research (PFR) to form an exciting new plant breeding joint venture. PFR have placed all their blueberry breeding programme (excluding varieties that are already under commercial arrangement), into the joint venture and Miro has exclusive global rights to grow plants and market fruit from the results of this programme . There are over twenty selections in the pipeline.  Hon Willie Jackson, Minister for Employment, joined us to launch the joint venture in 2018.

Steve Saunders, Rukumoana Schaafhausen, Dr Riri Ellis, Hon Willie Jackson, David Hughes

Steve Saunders, Rukumoana Schaafhausen, Dr Riri Ellis, Hon Willie Jackson, David Hughes

kaitiaki of the berries

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As well as a delicious range of berries, Miro will provide wrap around support (kaitaikitanga) to Miro growers including technical growing expertise, turn-key orchard construction, orchard management services and supply chain logistics support.

Early Season Varieties

 

Initio

Compact ripening season

Upright with strong evergreen characteristics

Berries are large with open clusters which are easy to harvest


OPI Ridley1111

One of the earliest-producing varieties

Evergreen

Medium size

Medium to high acidity – low sweetness


Dazzle

Earliness of ripening

Long harvest season

Fruit is very large and sweet

Definite crunch


Eureka Sunrise has all the best qualities of its parent Eureka

Very vigorous

Fruit is large, crisp and sweet

Excellent acid/sugar balance

The scar is small and dry

Eureka Sunrise

mid-Season Varieties

 

Masena Eureka

Excellent resistance to rust

Recommended for tunnel production

Jumbo large size – most fruit in excess of 18mm in diameter

Dark blue firm berry

Asian flavour palate


First Blush

Large firm berry

Great flavour

High yield

High quality, highly flavoured mid-season variety

Large and round

Highly flavoured with a sweet and firm berry


late Season Varieties

 

Eureka Sunset

A direct descendant of the Eureka variety

Large and very sweet

Good bloom

Crisp texture

Easy to harvest


Echo

Medium to large fruit

Presents in loose clusters

Picks very easily


Dazzle

Earliness of ripening

Long harvest season

Fruit is very large and sweet

Definite crunch