Varieties

Edranol

Fuerte

CHARACTERISTICS

Oval / pear shaped.

SKIN

Thick green coloured skin with small corky speckles (lenticels). Stays green coloured when ripe. Skin shrivels at stem end if picked when not fully mature.

FRUIT SIZE

Medium large to large (312 – 500g).

SEASON

June from the North Eastern parts of the country until late September from KwaZulu Natal. Out of season fruit is available late in the year.

STORAGE

Ripens quickly out of cold storage. Skin prone to lenticel damage. Although cosmetically unappealing, this does not effect internal quality. Store at +6 degrees C – NOT COLDER, fruit prone to chilling injury.

TASTE

Excellent, rich and nutty.

CHARACTERISTICS

“Pear” shaped sometimes has a long thinner neck.

SKIN

Smooth thin skin that stays green coloured when ripe. Flesh bruises easily.

FRUIT SIZE

Medium sized.

SEED

Medium sized.

SEASON

Mid to late February from the Limpopo Province until (early) August from Kwazulu-Natal. ‘Out of season’ fruit is available year round.

STORAGE

Ripens quickly out of cold storage – approximately 7 days from picking. Store at +5 degrees C – NOT COLDER – when green. Fruit will develop big brown and black cold damage marks if stored at colder temperatures.

TASTE

Best known variety.

Hass

Pinkerton

CHARACTERISTICS

Round / egg shaped fruit.

SKIN

Thick, green, pebbly skin changes colour to purple/black when ripe/ready to eat. Skin does not yield to pressure easily – once soft or shriveled, fruit is overripe.

FRUIT SIZE

Small to medium (140 – 350g) – large fruit an exception.

SEED

In proportion to fruit size – small fruit, small seed.

SEASON

Mid / late May from the Limpopo Province until October from Kwazulu-Natal.

‘Out of  season’ fruit is available year round.

 STORAGE

Excellent shelf life with very few post harvest problems. Store at +5 degrees C – NOT  COLDER.

TASTE

Rich and nutty, as opposed to the stringy/watery “Natal” seedling variety.

CHARACTERISTICS

This variety has a definite “neck” compared to the other varieties.

SKIN

Thick rough green coloured skin that stays green coloured when ripe. The thick skin does not yield to pressure easily

FRUIT SIZE

Medium to large (230- 550g).

SEED

Medium to small.

SEASON

Short season. June from the Limpopo Province, July from Kwazulu-Natal. Out of season fruit not easily available.

STORAGE

Store at +7 degrees C – NOT COLDER.

TASTE

Sometimes slightly sweet.

Ryan

CHARACTERISTICS

Late season egg shaped fruit.

SKIN

Slightly rough dark green skin that stays green coloured when ripe.

FRUIT SIZE

Large (300 – 500g).

SEED

Large.

SEASON

August / September from the Limpopo Province. October from KwaZulu-Natal. Late season fruit readily available.

STORAGE

Store at +5 degrees C – NOT COLDER.

TASTE

Good.