The Totem has a firm, conic, bright red berry. It is the hardiest, most disease-resistant berry. Unfortunately the fruit turns very dark when ripe and the stem tends to fall off easily when picked. This is fine for canneries, but not acceptable for fresh market use. Totem will do well in the coldest climate a strawberry can tolerate, except it blooms earlier than Shuksan, which could cause poor fruit set on the first picking.