Origin: USDA, New Jersey – Experiment Station (1987)
- High-bush type cultivar.
- Height is 5-6 feet. Plants are vigorous and grow upright in stature. The name “Toro” reflects the strong, stocky structure of the plant.
- Ripening of the fruit is grouped in the early mid-season, which would be July 15 in South Haven, Michigan. The berries will have no purple backside when berries are blue on the top; this is the major concern for fresh market producers.
- Yield of Toro is very consistent; it is a heavy producer. The fruit buds and wood seem to be very tolerant to fluctuating winter temperatures.
- Fruit size is large. Approximately 60 berries per standard cup.
- Quality of the fruit is excellent, having small dry scars, good color and firmness. Flavor of the fruit is very sweet with low acid.
- Harvesting can be done by hand or mechanical harvesting. It will be a very good cultivar for mechanical harvest because of concentrated ripening. Fruit can be harvested in two harvests.
- Marketing of the fruit is preferable fresh because of its concentrated ripening and high quality fruit. The berry can be used as process or U-Pick. Hardiness Zones 7a-4b.