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Muddling through thousands of photographs

Muddling through thousands of photographs

Fredo and Janey have now been working for more than a year of our book on South African table grapes which was commissioned by SATI, the SA Table grape industry organisation. With the manuscript completed, Fredo is now driving Janey crazy, wading through thousands and...

Tracking Constantia’s table grape heritage

Tracking Constantia’s table grape heritage

We came to Constantia to learn more about this lovely Valley’s place in the history of South African table grapes. We were looking for Hanepoot, the oldest South African table grape and we found some along the winding tree-lined country lanes which bisects the luxury...

The encounter in the church – a visionary speaks

The encounter in the church – a visionary speaks

It was a nice September day with the vineyards starting to develop their early summer green. That was the day we visited Warren Bam at Gunsteling near Saron. We were pointed to Warren to discuss his views of the table grape business, particularly as far as it concerns...

The birds and the grapes – an eternal battle!

The birds and the grapes – an eternal battle!

If there is one of God’s creations that has constantly been a thorn in the flesh of table grape growers, it is birds. Every year, just as the grapes are turning sweet and juicy and ready for the harvest, swarms of them descent on the vineyards where they can cause a...

A snore-reducing pineapple – now Fredo has heard it all!

A snore-reducing pineapple – now Fredo has heard it all!

Fredo’s friends at the Fresh Produce Journal, Britain’s oldest fresh produce magazine, brought light relief this Friday. They dug out a story about British super market Asda unveiling a snore-reducing pineapple plant which will bring much relief for people with noisy...

Prof Perold’s amazing work on table grapes a century ago

Prof Perold’s amazing work on table grapes a century ago

Fredo has uncovered some amazing stories in table grape breeding and research dating back to a century ago. Dr. A. I. PEROLD, the Government Viticulturist for the Union of South Africa, did some sterling work not only on new cultivars, but also in production and...

Armchair experts on Brexit cause more harm than good

Armchair experts on Brexit cause more harm than good

Fredo remembers very well the times in the early 1990’s, when South Africans were engaging each other to discuss the future policies and structures we would have once we became a new democracy. We remember the numbers of consultants, many from overseas Universities,...

How do one make sense of this? 

How do one make sense of this? 

Various stories which appeared on the international food networks in recent time have puzzled Fredo – to the extent that he needs to talk about it a bit more. Let’s see who Fredo can send up and who he can send down?  Fruitnet.com reported that in Britain they are...

Rain, wonderful rain brings mixed feelings

Rain, wonderful rain brings mixed feelings

If you watched the weather reports this week, you would be mostly jumping with joy! The weather prophets were predicting rain for just about the whole of the country this week - heavy rains in some regions. After such a devastating drought who cannot help smiling -...

Pears go Wonky and Imperfect

Pears go Wonky and Imperfect

Some fruit growers in South Africa will cheer the increasing trend towards ‘wonkiness’ and ‘imperfectness’ when it comes to the offer that is presented to the consumer. Recently Fredo wrote about the Dutch getting into Snozzcucumbers and Wonky Veg. Now statements from...

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During the summer months – from October till April – the valleys of the Cape region provides the best of summer fruits – look out for our stories on grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears! We also write about our wonderful avocadoes and citrus fruits, and our berries and cherries!

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Our Books

We publish books on life stories, the history of our country and its peoples and poetry. Look out for ‘Thoughts of a Long Time ago’, the Quest for Quality, a historical review of South African table grapes and its products and peoples.

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