Cape Fire™ destined to set international market ablaze
Delecta Fruit is proud to be the only exporter to currently market the Cape Fire™ bi-coloured pear internationally. This new cultivar was first discovered just over a decade ago by farmer Henri du Plessis on Elandsrivier Farm in Prince Alfred’s Hamlet. This distinctly maroon coloured pear has experienced significant international interest due to its intense colour and large size. It is also harvested at the very end of the season, two weeks after the Forelle harvest, which is another reason why supermarkets are enthusiastic – allowing them to extend their ‘pear season’ window.
“We pride ourselves in offering our international buyers the latest fruit varieties available. Being the first exporter to introduce the global market to the Cape Fire™ pear is an opportunity we take seriously.” says Gert Marais, Apple & Pear Category Manager at Delecta Fruit. Like all new varieties the micro climate, soil type and rootstock plays a decisive role in the management and success of newly established Cape Fire orchards.
Class 1 Forelle pears, left, compared to the intense colour of the Cape Fire™ pear on the right.Read more...