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Our orchards

Our orchards are grown on some of the oldest soils in South Africa. With its unique exposition and micro climate, our fruit reflects a sense of place. The consistent low winter temperatures ensure efficient chilling units for even budbreak. Minimal frost on the farm prevents unwanted fruit damage. With quality irrigation water, ample sunshine and strict pruning and thinning practices, the trees grow under optimum conditions, producing healthy, quality fruit.

Due to the arid climate, minimal chemical sprays are used to keep the fruit healthy - thereby incorporating our sustainable farming philosophy to respect the local fauna and flora. We are implimenting farming practices into a holistic, organic and biological approach to keep up with the trend of producing healthy fruit and respecting natural resources and the environment.

The Klein Karoo (situated in the Southern Cape) is proud to have some of the highest density of carbon converting plants on earth, all indigenous to South Africa! The farm, with its natural vegetation, is home to this carbon converter called "Spekbos" or "Spekboom". One fully grown Spekbos has the ability to convert more than 4 tons of carbon dioxide per year and we are surrounded by it!

Our orchards produce healthy sun-ripened fruit that include apricots, plums, pluots and nectarines.

We have undertaken an intense replanting program with the most up-to-date cultivar and clonal selections. In combination with intensive irrigation and orchard management principles, very much like in our vineyards, we use cover crop planting, strict pruning and fruit thinning as the most important tools to ensure consistency in size and production.

Our orchards and packing facility is audited yearly for Global Gap, Natures Choice and Leaf standards to meet the strict health and quality standards of the international export market. We have also been acredited with Fairtrade status in regard to our social responsibilities towards our employees. Supermarket group Marks & Spencer have also awarded Karusa with "Field to Fork" accreditation. All these ensure our clients receive only the best from a well-managed and operated producer.

Apricots
The following apricot cultivars are planted on the farm:
 
Cultivar Rootstock
Early Prince Apricot seedling 12 Yellow / orange Yellow Medium   44/45
Charisma Apricot seedling 12 Orange with red blush  Orange Large / medium 45/46 
Imperial Apricot seedling 12 Orange with red blush Orange X-large / large 46/47
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Peaches:
The following peach cultivar is planted on the farm:
 
Cultivar Rootstock Sugar Brix
Transvalia

Kakamas

16/17

Red with yellow stripes Yellow 20/23  46/47
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Plums
The following plum cultivars are planted on the farm:
 
African Rose Maridon
SAPO 778
Pioneer 13 Red  Yellow A/B  46/47
Flavor Rosa Flordaguard
SAPO 778
Sapphire
Reuben Nel
15/16 Dark red Red A 47
Sapphire Marianna

Harry Pickstone

14 Dark red Red AA/A 49/50
Sun Kiss Viking

Harry Pickstone
Sapphire
Fortune

15 Yellow Yellow AA/A 51/52
African Delight SAPO 778

African Rose
Harry Pickstone
Sapphire

20/21 Red  Yellow AA/A 9/10
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Interspecific Plums
Pluots are a cross between plums and prunes. Generally a sweeter and visually appealing stonefruit. The following pluot cultivars are planted on the farm:
 
Cultivar Rootstock Pollinator
Dapple Fire Marianna IS 6673
Fortune
Sun Kiss
Laetitia
15 Brown with green speckles Melting red AA/A 1/2
Flavor King

GF 677
Viking
Maridon
Marianna

Sun Kiss
Laetitia
Sungold

16/17 Dark red Red AA/A 3/4
Flavor Fall Maridon
SAPO 778
Marianna
Fortune
Ruby Red
Sun Kiss
Laetitia
17/18 Dark red Yellow AAA/A 10/11
Zeta Red Viking

Midnight Gold
African Delight

19.3 Purple / blue Yellow / orange AA/AAA 52
Midnight Gold Marianna African Delight
Zeta Red
Taured
15 Purple / blue Yellow / orange A/AA 3
 
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