Large and glossy bright red fruit with medium firm meaty flesh with good flavor. Good for fresh eating and excellent for freezing. The plant is large and very vigorous. Also produces runners freely. Shuksan is winter hardy and tolerates alkaline soils better than any other variety. We recommend this variety for colder areas of the Pacific Northwest above all other varieties. Shuksan is good news for Idaho, Colorado, Utah, etc. Totem is winter hardy also, but Shuksan blooms a little later, thus protecting the fruit from late frosts. Virus tolerant and Red Stele resistant. Does not demand perfect drainage.