Apples

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa. Mountainous areas of Ceres and Grabouw in the Western Cape and the Langkloof in the Southern Cape.

Export regions

South East Asia, India, Bangladesh, Canada, Middle East, West Africa

The Apple Story

The first ever apples were cultivated in West Asia. South Africa produces approximately 770 700 tonnes of apples every year, as our near-perfect growing condition produce high quality fruit with a good shelf life.

Star South procures all of its apples in the Western Cape with main focus areas being Villiersdorp, Grabouw and Ceres. These growing areas are ideal, given the warm summers and cold winter nights allowing the fruit to colour perfectly.

Nutritional info

Apples are often referred to as a “miracle food” and a “nutritional powerhouse.” An apple a day really may keep the doctor away as they’re one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. These round and juicy fruits are high in fibre and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories, including no fat or cholesterol.

Apples are high in polyphenols which function as antioxidants. These polyphenols are found in both the skin of the apples as well as in the meat, so to get the greatest amount of benefits, eat the skin of the apple.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

2 Colour apples(Cripps Pink, Cripps Red, Royal Gala/Gala)
Green apples(Granny Smith)
Red apples(Top Red)
Yellow apples(Golden Delicious)

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2 Colour Apples
Cripps Pink
Cripps Red
Royal Gala (Tenroy)
Starking
Green Apples
Granny Smith
Red Apples
Top Red
Yellow Apples
Golden Delicious
Panorama Goldens

Avocados

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KZN, Western Cape

Export regions

Africa

The Avocado Story

We started importing avocados from Spain in 2019 and have also decided to pursue local avocados in South Africa. We hope and strive to become great avocado player in the market for the future offering our customers a wide range of only the best fresh fruit.

Nutritional info

Some nutrition experts call the avocado a super food. This flavourful fruit provides health benefits when you add it to your favourite dishes. The avocado is made up predominantly of the ‘good’ monounsaturated fat which is an essential part of a healthy diet. It has the highest concentration of dietary fibre of any commonly eaten fruit. Because of their bountiful benefits, avocados are regarded as part of the world’s elite group of superfoods – foods packed with high levels of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and other phytochemicals.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

FuerteMarch – July (week 9- week 30)
Maluma HassMarch – July (week 9 – 30)
PinkertonApril – July (week 13 – 30)
EdranolJune – September (week 22 – 39)
HassMay – October (week 17 – week 44)
Lamb HassAugust – November (week 31 – week 49)
RyanJuly – October (week 26 – week 44)
ReedSeptember – November (week 35 – week 49)

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Maluma Hass
Pinkerton
Edranol
Hass
Lamb Hass
Ryan
Reed

Blueberries

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces.

Export regions

UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East

The Blueberry Story

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with blue or purple berries. They are classified in the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Vaccinium also includes cranberries, bilberries, huckleberries and Madeira blueberries.

Blueberries are native to Asia, Scandinavia and North America, with early native Americans already recognising the health and medicinal value of these berries. Production became commercialised thanks to Elizabeth White, daughter of a New Jersey cranberry grower, and Frederick Coville, a botanist from the United States department of Agriculture.

The two managed to breed the first domestic varieties in 1911 and produced their first harvest from domesticated varieties in 1916. Elizabeth is also credited as the first person to realise that blueberries needed to be planted in acid soil.

Star South procures all of its Blueberries from one national supplier and is distributed nationally to independent retailers and wholesalers as well as export to Kenya and Uganda. We have embraced this wonderful product and in the end would like to see a punnet of blueberries in every household at an affordable price.

Nutritional info

Blueberries have been labelled as an anti-oxidant superfood that is said to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer and act as an anti-inflammatory. The berries can be enjoyed raw or processed into confectionary products, juice and dairy products. Even the leaves are said to have medicinal value.

Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

A range of varieties are planted, with cultivar selection determining to a large extent the ripening period and in turn the ability to reach a target market frame, for example, when European supplies are low between September and November. The main cultivars planted are rabbiteye cultivars, Northern Highbush and Southern Highbush.

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Butternuts

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: Western Cape

Export regions

United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East

The Butternut Story

Butternuts are part of the pumpkin family and originate from Mexico. Their sweet, nutty taste and nutritional value makes them popular all over the over world. Although botanically a fruit, butternut squash is used culinarily as a vegetable that can be roasted, sautéed, toasted, and puréed for soups.

Consumers all over the world are changing to a healthier lifestyle. This includes eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Thanks to this changing lifestyle butternuts have seen significant growth the last couple of years. Star South provides excellent quality butternuts to our clients all over the world.

Nutritional info

Aside from minerals and vitamins A, C, E and K, it’s also a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and copper. Butternut squash is low in calories but high in many nutrients.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Sakata Quantum & Pluto varieties

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Citrus

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa. Spain & Turkey. New Zealand, Greece, Italy

Export regions

UK, Middle East, Far East, Europe, Russia, Americas, Africa

The Citrus Story

Certain citrus fruits, like lemons, have an acidic or sour flavour and are used globally for a wide range of applications. Besides their use in the food and beverage sector, lemons extracts are also used in medicines.

Star South is strategically positioned in South Africa to supply the world with a broad variety of citrus. We start the season in Limpopo and Mpumalanga in week 13. Up next is Eastern Cape from week 15 and then Western Cape from week 19. All production areas overlap putting us in the perfect position to supply our clients with the same brand throughout the entire season.

Nutritional info

Citrus is most commonly thought of as a good source of vitamin C. However, like most other whole foods, citrus fruits also contain an impressive list of other essential nutrients, including both glycaemic and non-glycaemic carbohydrate (sugars and fibre), potassium, folate, calcium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and a variety of phytochemicals.

In addition, citrus contains no fat or sodium and, being a plant food, no cholesterol. The average energy value of fresh citrus is also low, which can be very important for consumers concerned about putting on excess body weight.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

GrapefruitStar Ruby
OrangesEarly Navels: New Halls Bahihaninas
Mid Season Navel: Washington Palmer, Cara Cara Navel
Late NavelsLane Late, Rustenburg, Autumn Gold, Cambria, Witkans
ValenciaTurkey, Midknights, Deltas, Valencia
LemonsEureka Seedless, Eureka, Libson, Genoa
NavelEarly Navel, Midseason Navel
Soft Citrus

Nova, Celementine, Nules, Valley Gold, Nadorcott, Orri

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Grapefruit
Star Ruby
Lemons
Eureka
Navel
Early Navel
Midseason Navel
Late Navels
Navel late
Soft Citrus
Soft Citrus
Valencia
Valencia

Dates

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: banks of the Orange river, also imported from Namibia

Export regions

UK, Holland, Switzerland, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, Cambodia

The Dates Story

Dates have become increasingly popular all over the world.  The desert climate and abundant water from the Orange river district where it is produced, ensure only the best premium quality dates.

Star South is one of only a handful of fresh and dried exporters in Southern Africa, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere market with fresh, yellow Barhi dates at the end of January. We fly these fresh yellow dates all over the globe during its limited 8-week window. In March we start supplying the dried Medjool, Zamli, Khalas & Barhi varieties, shipping them at minus 18 degrees Celsius. Thanks to our sub-zero storage we can stretch the season to last until October.

Nutritional info

Dates are one of the superfoods, and an excellent source of fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain carbohydrates which will aid the body in maintaining health. Dates are rich in calories, making them a great energy source. Sweet in taste, dates are also a good alternative to refined sugars.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Medjool, Zamli, Khalas and Barhi

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Fresh Barhi
Medjool, Zamli & Khalas

Figs

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa

Export regions

Far East, Europe, UK, Canada, Middle East

The Figs Story

Mediterranean figs are grown in the farming regions surrounding Cape Town. The Cape’s Mediterranean climate produces figs of a superior eating quality with a Mediterranean flavour. All grown varieties have edible skins.

Star South is the oldest and biggest exporter of South African figs.  We are currently exporting 60% of the South African fig industry, and we supply the local market/most retailers and wholesale sectors.

Our 1st variety Ronde de bureaux is harvested during weeks 50/52-11/13. This is a small snack fig, best suited for salads and appetizers, sweet in taste but with a short shelf life. Our 2nd variety is the black fig – Evita, similar to the Turkish Bursa or known as Peruvian, its harvest window is weeks 04/05 and 21/22. This fig variety has a deliciously honey-like flavour and can be used for salads/starters, mains and desserts.

We have succeeded in successfully optimizing the temperature regime in the logistical chain, to give our customers the shelf life they require to have less wastage. We can now confidently place the figs in our customer’s hands with a comfortable 10-15 days shelf-life, providing the customer stores the figs in cold storage or on a refrigerated shelf.

Nutritional info

Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A and K that contribute to health and wellness.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Black Figs(Evita)
Small black figs(Ronde du Bordeaux)
White flesh figs(Dauphine)

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Black Figs
Evita / Parisian
King
Southern Black
Tangier
Small Black Figs
Ronde du Bordeaux
White flesh figs
Dauphine

Grapes

Growing regions

South Africa: Vioolsdrift and Limpopo
Namibia, Spain  and Egypt

Export regions

Far East, Europe, UK, Canada, Middle East

The Grapes Story

Grapes are botanically a berry, and can be eaten fresh as table grapes, or they can be used for making wine, jam, juice, jelly, raisins, vingers and a variety of other products. Grapes are a non-climacteric type of fruit, generally occurring in clusters.

South Africa is one of the leading producers of table grapes and the Star South group of growers consist of arguably the best producers in the region.  The drive for improvement and innovation leads to selection of the best varieties from premium breeding programs for flavour and shelf life to satisfy global customer demands.

Star South strives to be a complete exporter of table grapes by covering the full South African season from all regions. We partner growers with outstanding technical expertise and a quality mindset; producing great eating fruit with the ability to handle long shipping routes is essential. Every bunch of grapes is suited for a specific market region and consumer; serving a distinguished and diverse global client base.

We strive to deliver the right product to the right client, every time. Constant innovation in varieties, packing materials and systems is combined to stay with consumer trends, whilst the optimisation of production efficiencies enhances the value proposition. We treasure our existing client relationships, but also remain keen to develop new markets with new prospective clients.

We start the season in late October with early varieties from Namibia, Vioolsdrift and Limpopo; in December the Orange River region follows and from January onwards the season is completed by the Western Cape region through to April. Our growers and varieties overlap perfectly to ensure a solid supply of white, red and black grapes from start to finish.

Nutritional info

Grapes are versatile fruits used in a wide range of popular foods — from raisins to jelly or wine. They are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and have high amounts of the phytonutrient resveratrol, which is especially lauded for its heart benefits.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Black seeded (Black Gem, Dan Ben Hannah, Barlinka)
Black seedless (Autumn Royal, Sweet Joy, Adora, Midnight Beauty, Sable, Sweet Sapphire)
Red seeded (RedGlobe)
Red seedless (Crimson Seedless, Candy Hearts, Joybells, Flame Seedless, Sweet Celebration, Ralli Seedless, Krissy, Scarlotta, Allisson, Starlight, Tawny)
White seeded (Hanepoot, Victoria, Dauphine, Moonballs)
White seedless (Ivory, Early Sweet, Prime, Sweet Globe, Autumn Crisp, Sundance Seedless, Cotton Candy, Thompson Seedless)

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Black Seeded
Alponse Lavalle
Barlinka
Black Gem
Bonheur
Dan Ben Hannah
Ebony Star
La Rochelle
Black Seedless
Autumn Royal
Blagratwo (Melody)
Desert Seedless
Midnight Beauty
Sable
Sugrasixteen
Sugrathirteen
Sugrathirtfour
Red Seeded
Red Globe
Tropical Delight
Red Seedless
Crimson Seedless
Desert Dawn
Flame Seedless
Sweet Celebration
Ralli Seedless
Scarlet Dew
Scarlotta (Sugranineteen)
Sheegene-20 (Alison)
Starlight
Sunred Seedless
White Seeded
Dauphine
Hanepoot
Starblush
Victoria
Waltham Cross
White Seeded (Moonballs)
White Seedless
Coachella
Grapeas (Early Sweet)
Prime
Regal Seedless
Sugraone
Sundance Seedless
Thompson Seedless

Kiwi Fruits

Star South experts

Growing regions

South Africa: Limpopo, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
New Zealand, Greece, Italy

Export regions

Africa

The KIWIFRUIT Story

Kiwifruit (often shortened to kiwi outside Australia and New Zealand) or Chinese gooseberries is the edible berry of several species of woody vines.  The most common cultivar group of kiwifruit is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg. It has a thin, fuzzy, fibrous tart but edible light brown skin and light green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds.  The fruit has a soft texture with a sweet and unique flavour. In 2018, China produced half of the world total of kiwifruit.

Star South is a licensed holder of Zespri Kiwi Fruit in South Africa. We supply green and gold kiwifruit to all retailers within South Africa.

Nutritional info

Kiwis are a nutrient-dense food making them rich in nutrients and low in calories. They have a reputation as a health food because of their high vitamin content, but the fruit is also rich in other nutrients. These may help reduce blood pressure boost wound healing, help maintain bowel health, and more.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Green kiwisHayward
Gold kiwisSungold Zespri, Dori, Y368, Sorelli, Skelton

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NZ

Pears

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: Western Cape

Export regions

South East Asia, India, Bangladesh, Canada, Middle East and West Africa

The Pear Story

Pears have been cultivated in Central Asia for thousands of years.

South Africa enjoys great growing areas given the warm summers and cold winter nights allowing the fruit to colour perfectly.

Nutritional info

Pears are full of fiber, low in calories, and loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C. They have been used in anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and anti-hyperglycemic folk remedies in China for more than 2000 years. Studies show they have research-backed health benefits too, such as protection from stroke and some cancers.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

2 Colour pears(Forelle)
Green pears(Packhams Triumph, Vermont Beauty)

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2 Colour Pears
Forelle
Green Pears
Packhams Triumph
Vermont Beauty
Williams Bon Cretien