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The science behind the growing fruit industry

Luca red seedless grape

Science and technology is leaving its mark on every aspect of life. Perhaps the most prominent examples are media, communication and commerce, as we see technological advancements like never before. Not so surprisingly, the agricultural sector is catching up and seeing incredible results for both growers and consumers.

Always looking for opportunities to improve the grower’s harvest, as well as please overseas and local demands, Delecta has been highly intentional with exploring cultivar development for our producers.

Here are a few examples of how we’ve done this:

Gala apples
Originating in New Zealand, Gala apples are closely related to the Golden Delicious apple. Sweet and crisp and with a natural oval shape, the Gala is ideal for eating fresh or cut in a salad.

Delecta and our producers have been hard at work to ensure that our plantings of Gala’s are modern and include the best planting material we have available in South Africa. By keeping ahead of times and rolling out the Royal Beaut variety on a consistent basis, we ensure the following:
– fantastic Gala apples with great colour and taste,
– better quality fruit on the tree, which results in more export cartons available to send to our clients.

With the same input cost compared to lesser older styled Galas, Delecta growers can be financially more successful by growing this modern cultivar. This is a perfect example of a ‘win-win’ between us, our grower and our clients.


(above) Royal Beaut apples

Crimson Seedless red table grapes
Crimson Seedless red grapes are known for their late-season harvest. The Crimson Seedless boasts a crisp-juicy texture and an excellent, sweet flavor. This dark beauty is a late-season table grape recently developed by scientists at the USDA-Agriculture Research Service. Crimson Seedless’ (previously known as USDA Selection C102-26) resulted from a cross of Vitis vinifera cultivar ‘Emperor’ and USDA Selection C33-199.


(above) Crimson red seedless grapes

Luca red seedless table grapes
We are proud to be involved with another late-season red seedless table grape, Luca. Luca has been tested commercially and shows significant improvement especially on farm level.

The cultivar holds promise for commercial producers due to its late maturity and seedless, crisp berries. The cultivar extends the availability of seedless table grapes into the late fall, potentially expanding the late-season market for red seedless grapes. We introduced this cultivar to growers in 2014.


(above) Luca red seedless grapes

Says Stefan du Plessis, Managing Director of Delecta Fruit: “Priding ourselves in staying ahead of the curve and creating win-win opportunities wherever possible, we are more excited than ever for the many scientific developments on the horizon.”

If you’re a producer and would like to explore a partnership with Delecta, give us a call on 021 860 3999 and one of our dedicated team members will be in touch to explore a profitable partnership.




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