Early South African cherry varieties have the world scene all to themselves. This was reported by Freshplaza.es recently.
Piet van Zyl, general production manager of the ZZ2 crops, from the Toscana Farm, near Lanseria, Gauteng, pointed out: “Reaching this point has not been easy”.
This is because it difficult for the cherry grower to meet the demand of overseas retail buyers, because growing cherries in northern South Africa has not been easy.
“It’s a product that is nice to work with once the harvest phase comes along, but reaching that point is not easy. It’s complicated to harvest cherries in the north of the country, and doing it well, but the commercial window is perfect. What people don’t see is that you can grow something with lots of success in the Western Cape and when you try to grow it here, you find that the difference is abysmal”, explained van Zyl.
It’s worth pointing out that cultivating in orchards in Toscana is meeting their highest expectations. While before, with other crops, they didn’t achieve an optimal balance between yield and calibre, both for the domestic and the international market.