07 Feb 2020

Next generation pickling cucumber variety brings valuable traits to the forefront in North America

Rijk Zwaan has recently announced a new seedless pickling cucumber variety called Lennon RZ. The name Lennon RZ is synonymous with the pioneering musician of the 20th century. Following the critically acclaimed releases of both Bowie RZ and Rubinstein RZ, Lennon RZ has made a name for itself in a short amount of time thus far. Named after the Beatle’s innovator and musical pioneer, Lennon RZ displays both unique and improved traits for the processing cucumber industry.

Strong, dependable performance

The release of Lennon RZ allows growers to experience the next level of Rijk Zwaan genetics with  improved stability and harvest predictability.  Lennon RZ’s seedless parthenocarpic trait allows freedom from pollinators, while providing a dependable, large yield potential with high quality, attractive fruit. The broad adaptability of Lennon RZ has scored well in many trials from Canada to Florida and has shown improved tolerance to adverse growing conditions. Improved skin texture and a predictable, large fruit set make this new variety an excellent choice for machine and hand harvest operations alike.  Lennon RZ’s high quality, blocky fruit have excellent interiors and exceptional brining abilities. Just like the modern composer it has been named after , Lennon RZ is destined to become a timeless classic that benefits both processers and growers into the future. 

The Future

Innovation is at the forefront of all Rijk Zwaan varieties and Lennon RZ is a valuable addition to our pickling cucumber lineup. Constant research, innovation and extensive trialing is part of the Rijk Zwaan culture.  You can count on Rijk Zwaan for the most dependable varieties moving into the future.  We are excited to see how Lennon RZ continues to perform and benefit growers and processors in North America. 

Welcome our New player

Rijk Zwaan is also excited to announce the addition of Samuel McGowen to our North American Gherkin team.  Based in North Carolina, Sam will primarily focus in the  Southern regions of America.  Both Sam and Rob are really excited to offer only well researched, cutting edge, and top shelf genetics that benefit both growers and processors alike. 

Contact our Gherkin Crop Specialists, Robert Grohs at r.grohs@rijkzwaan.com or Sam McGowen at s.mcgowen@rijkzwaan.com for more information.