Our Fruit

We grow only plums on Mount Joy and this allows us to specialise in the production of a wide range of cultivars. We are committed to growing only the best quality fruit. We comply with strict food safety protocols and have GlobalGap and Tesco Nature’s Choice accreditations. We ensure the traceability of our packed fruit back to the orchard in which it was grown.

Our fruit is picked and handled in accordance with the best orchard practices. The fruit is packed on Mount Joy by our packing company, Banhoek Fruit Packers. At the packhouse the fruit is pre-cooled, packed, cold-stored and containerised. The packed fruit is laboratory tested to ensure that there is compliance with pesticide residue limits as stipulated by GlobalGap, Tesco Nature’s Choice and local regulations. Prior to export, the fruit is inspected by the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) to ensure that the export quality standards are met.

Read more about the plum cultivars grown on Mount Joy by clicking on the cultivars below.

African DelightAfrican Rose Angeleno – Flavor KingFortuneHoneymoon
LaetitiaPioneerPurple Majesty – Ruby RedSapphireSongold
Southern BelleSouvenir Sunkiss

 

African Delight

Cultivar: African Delight

Origin: Bred by ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and released in 2008

Taste: Good flavour, high sugars, good juice content, firm texture

Appearance: Dark red-skinned plum with yellow flesh

Harvest: February

African Rose

Cultivar: African Rose

Origin: Bred by ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and released in 2009

Taste: Good, firm and sweet

Appearance: Bright red skin with yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid to late November

Angeleno

Cultivar: Angeleno

Origin: Released in South Africa by Sun World International (USA) in 1995

Taste: Dark and crunchy; sweet and flavoursome

Appearance: Purple to black-skinned with pale yellow place

Harvest: Early February

Flavor King

Cultivar: Flavor King

Origin: Zaiger Genetics in California, USA

Taste: A plum-apricot hybrid; superior eating quality; very juicy and flavourful

Appearance: Purple skin with small white spots; red flesh

Harvest: Mid to late January

Fortune

Cultivar: Fortune

Origin: Developed by the US Department of Agriculture in Fresno, California

Taste: Good, fine texture; juicy

Appearance: Bright red with yellow flesh; aromatic flavour

Harvest: Early January

Honeymoon

Cultivar: Honeymoon

Origin: Stargrow, South Africa

Taste: Sweet and melting texture

Appearance: Greenish-yellow when harvested, turning yellow as it ripens; Yellow Flesh

Harvest: Mid November

Laetitia

Cultivar: Laetitia

Origin: Bred by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij in South Africa and released in 1985

Taste: Deciduous with firm, melting texture

Appearance: Red with many white spots; orange-yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid to late January

Pioneer

Cultivar: Pioneer

Origin: Bred by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij in South Africa and released in 1973

Taste: Melting texture

Appearance: Bright to dark red skin when ripe; yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid to late November

Purple Majesty

Cultivar: Purple Majesty

Origin: Bradford, USA, 2002. SA licence granted to SAPO

Taste: Melting texture; semi free stone

Appearance: Purple with many white spots; light yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid to late December

Ruby Red

Cultivar: Rudy Red

Origin: Released by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij in South Africa in 2000

Taste: Succulent texture

Appearance: Deep red, yellow/orange flesh

Harvest: Late December

Sapphire

Cultivar: Sapphire

Origin: Bred by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij and released in South Africa in 1992

Taste: Firm, sweet-tasting plum; semi-free stone

Appearance: Dark purple when ripe; light yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid December

Songold

Cultivar: Songold

Origin: Bred by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij and released in South Africa in 1970 (African Pride Trademark)

Taste: Firm, yellow flesh; very tasty and juicy; clingsone

Appearance: Yellow-green skin which turns yellow when it ripens; yellow flesh

Harvest: Late January to early February

Southern Belle

Cultivar: Southern Belle

Origin: Developed by Zaiger Genetics, USA

Taste: Good eating quality and long life

Appearance: Black/dark purple skin with yellow flesh

Harvest: Early to mid February

Souvenir

Cultivar: Souvenir

Origin: Bred by ARC-Infruitec/Nietvoorbij in South Africa in 1993

Taste: Firm flesh, sweet taste

Appearance: Purple skin with yellow flesh

Harvest: Mid to late December

Sunkiss

Cultivar: Sunkiss

Origin: Developed by ARC-Infruitec/Netvoorbij in South Africa and released in 1999

Taste: Sweet, delicious and juicy texture

Appearance: Yellow skin and flesh, semi stone free

Harvest: Late December

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