Fruit

Europe and South Africa will increasingly clash about citrus fruit

It is clear from talk in the South African citrus industry that they have now all but lost patience with the barriers the European Union is dishing up under the guise of their perceived threat of Citrus Black Spot being transferred to their orchards. The South...

A story of unbelievable courage and perseverance!

It shows that whatever the odds, the human spirit is irrepressible! [divider]It is the story of Gerhard de Beer, who, along with his wife Kristel, run Die Padstal, a fresh produce stall next to the N-2 at Buffeljagsrivier, in South Africa’s Southern Cape, very near to...

When Arch and his Foundation make that call – you jump!

Fredo and Janey often get a call from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation to assist in one of their projects. It usually concerns the youth and older people and more often than not it is to try and get some fruit to give to those who are less fortunate....

It is worth looking after the genes of the old Saffron pear tree

Fredo has not visited Cape Town’s Companie Gardens for many a year. Recently, however, he had a very good reason to go there – a tree planting involving a Saffron pear tree which has been developed from what is generally accepted as the oldest fruit tree in South...

Meet ‘Bigbucks’ Nel and his brilliant new apple

If there is one person who knows how hard it is to find what can be called a ‘new apple’ then it is the legendary Buks Nel from Elgin. Breeding these new guys is a long and tough task, and discovering something new in the orchards takes many years of orchard walks...

Celebrating Fredo Touring in London – with Poupart Imports

Fredo and Jonathan Olins, members of such a well-known British fresh produce family, have been close friends for a long time. That is why its so particularly pleasing to welcome his company, Poupart Imports, again this year as one of the sponsors of Fredo Touring for...

Message from Hamburg good news for Fredo Touring

Two weeks ago Fredo spend a very nice week working with his friends Hardy Sader-Diers and Uli von Etzdorf from Hamburg here in Cape Town. Last week we received a photograph from the two after their return to Hamburg, confirming that they are Fredo Touring for CANSA...

Dressing up for the occasion – 353 years later!

South Africans have long been celebrating the arrival of European settlers in 1662 as the beginning of the countries fruit and wine industries. Fredo would argue that our forefathers have been ‘harvesting’ the fruits and the berries across our country many centuries...

Two good reasons for Britain and South Africa to celebrate this year

Fredo is delighted to write about two special anniversaries which ties the United Kingdom, South Africa and the world’s oldest fresh produce magazine together. Ever heard of the Fresh Produce Journal or FPJ for short? This UK based magazine is celebrating its 120...

Welcome!

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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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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