Varietals 2017-08-17T13:23:30+00:00
Graaff Fruit - Varietals

Varietals

We travel abroad annually in search of new cultivars that would be suitable for the South African climate and soil.

This keeps us at the forefront of varietal innovation. We have tested hundreds of new varieties on our trial orchards, including a trial orchard under net, and this process is ongoing from year to year. In collaboration with breeders and intellectual property owners, we establish whether these varieties are suitable to our micro climates and whether they are suitable for market demand.

We develop a management protocol for each variety, based on individual characteristics, from pruning to harvesting. By merging the best scientific and organic practices at each stage of production, we are able to offer fruit of the very highest quality.

Apricot

A small yellow- orange or blushed fruit that is closely related to the peach and plum. The flesh is firm, sweet and fragrant.

Availability: Dec- Jan

Pluot

Pluots are complex hybrid fruits that are part plum (70%) and part apricot (30%) in heritage, sometimes called dinosaur eggs. It has an extremely sweet taste and mainly looks like a plum.

Availability: Dec-April

Nectar Gold

A peach of a variety with a smooth, thin, brightly yellow coloured skin with a golden, flavourful flesh.

Availibity: Dec – Feb

Plum

An oval fleshy fruit that is purple, reddish or yellow when ripe, with a sweet and/or tart tasting flesh depending on the variety.

– High in antioxidant
– Low in fat and calories
– Free of sodium and cholesterol

Availability: Jan – June

Apples

The round fruit of a tree of the rose family, which typically has thin red, yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp flesh.

Availability: Jan – Sept

Pears

A yellowish- or brownish flesh with green, brown or blushed skin. Typically narrow at the stalk and wider toward the base, with sweet, slightly gritty flesh.

Availability: Jan – Sept

Peaches

– Desert peach – A round stone fruit with juicy white or yellow flesh and downy pinkish- yellow skin.
– Cling peach – A round stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and downy yellow skin.

Availability: Nov – April

Nectarines

A smooth peach (without hair) with a thin brightly coloured skin and rich firm white or yellow flesh.

Availability: Oct – March