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.


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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Packing Calendar

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Star Ruby
Early Navel
Midseason Navel
Late Navels
Navel late
Soft Citrus
Soft Citrus

We serve four key groups across the diverse sector of fresh produce:

Fruit producers and retailers, both within South Africa and abroad. It’s a world of good produce, good people and good prices. An extensive, vast world which we navigate via committed one-on-one relationships, to offer personalised service and tailored solutions/shipments.

How can we help you?

Partner with us as we navigate the landscape together.

Danèl van Deventer

Commercial Manager

Trust between client and company is everything.”

Danél started out in the industry in 2010 and has been working her way up ever since. She began in logistics and now serves as a commercial manager, drawing from her in-depth understanding of the cost chain. Danél is passionate about figs and has been dedicated to the export of almost 70% of the South African fig offering for the past seven years.

Department: Management & Support
Market: Far East, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Middle East
Produce: Figs

“We are in no other business than the people business.”

Jaco is a born entrepreneur and has been trading fruit since the age of 12 when he started his first business. He has experience in all major business areas, including farming, handling, transport, logistics, IT, marketing operations, finance, management, international and domestic affairs. He is fluent in French and also has basic Spanish language skills.