Pomegranates

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: Western Cape

Export regions

UK, Africa, Europe, Far East, Middle East, SEA

The Pomegranate Story

The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub that grows between 5 and 10m tall.  The pomegranate originated in the region extending from Iran to northern India, and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region.

South African pomegranates are highly regarded for their good eating quality.

Star South procures all its pomegranates in the Western Cape province. We have a very close relationship with our growers and they share our philosophy of quality over quantity.

We start with the Acco variety in February, and in mid-March we switch over to the Wonderful variety. Apart from selling our pomegranates locally to retailers, we also ship to Europe, the UK, Middle East, Africa and SEA until week 26.

Nutritional info

  • Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, and have been used by traditional Ayurvedic practitioners in India for centuries.
  • Pomegranates are among the healthiest fruits on Earth.
  • They contain a range of beneficial plant compounds, unrivaled by other foods.
  • Studies have shown that they may have several benefits for your body, possibly lowering your risk of various diseases

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Pink Pomegranates(Acco)
Red Pomegranates(Wonderful, Bagwa, Herskovitz)

AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

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Pink
Red

Stone Fruit

Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: Northern Limpopo, Western Cape, Klein Karoo, Langkloof

Export regions

Spain, Middle East

The Stone Fruit Story

Stone fruit is defined as fruit containing a stone or pit. We focus on varieties with high sugar content to enhance the overall eating quality and ensure a great customer experience.

Stone fruit has been part of the Star South family since 2013 with the local South African market being our main focus point. We pride ourselves on servicing our clients for 10 months of the year with imported and local stonefruit produce.

Produce lines include Nectarines, Dessert Peaches, Cling Peaches, Apricots, Nectacots, Red plums, Black plums, Yellow Plums and Cherries. Local crops start in the Northern Limpopo region in October, quickly followed by die Western Cape, Klein Karoo and Langkloof regions ending the local season in April. Our on-the-road procurement team travels from farm to packhouse to ensure that the product is packed according to retail standards and client preferences.

Our import stone fruit season starts in May and leads up to September. Working with the leading Spanish stone fruit companies ensure we import only the best produce for our South African clients. We value and cherish our producer relationships and strive to be a market leader on stone fruit supply, proudly presenting their beautiful produce at retail level.

Nutritional info

Stone fruits are rich in inflammation-fighting phytonutrients, which can help protect your health and even fight the signs of aging. Fun fact: They’re also what give stone fruits their vibrant yellow, orange, red, and purple hues.

PRODUCE AND VARIETALS

Dessert peaches(Yellow and white flesh varieties)
Cling peaches 
Nectarines(Yellow and White flesh)
Plums(Red, Black, Yellow)
Apricots(Apricots and Nectacots)
Cherries(Bing, Black Tartarian, Stella, Giant Heidelfinger)
Prunes(Van der Merwe variety)

AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

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Local
Import

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.