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 More About Our Cultivars

Avocado cultivars

Avocado cultivars

Two type​s of cultivar groups can be found on the s​helf, depending on the season.



Mango cultivars

NEW MANGO CULTIVARS

Westfalia Fruit recently released three new and exciting club mango varieties.

Read more...​​​​​​​​​​​​

​We research and develop

​We research and develop Westfalia Technological Services (WTS) is the research division of Westfalia Fruit and the largest privately-funded subtropical fruit research organisation in the world. The in-house dedicated team of scientists and technicians at WTS focusses on varietal development, innovation and environmental matters​.


​We research and develop​WTS was founded in the 1980s and still operates on founder Dr Merensky’s principle of ‘research, experimentation and demonstration through the correlation of scientific knowledge’. Over the years, WTS has evolved and is now seen as a world leader in applied research dealing with ​subtropical crops, with specific focus on avocados.

​WTS supports and furthers the objectives of the greater Westfalia Group, addressing challenges and enhancing technologies in order to strengthen all links in the value chain, from propagation to consumer service.​

WTS is involved in the testing and commercialisation of avocado and mango plant material in more than 20 ​countries, in collaboration with various organisations and educational institutions.


Growers Club

In addition to producing fruit in its own avocado orchards around the world, Westfalia Fruit sources avocados and other fruit from select growers through a vertically-integrated supply chain. The Group also licenses growers to produce avocado and mango cultivars protected by patents and Plant Breeders’ Rights, as part of what we call Growers Clubs or Club Cultivar Growers...read more​​​​


​Rootstock development

At Westfalia Fruit, research to develop disease-tolerant clonal rootstocks has been ongoing for more than 25 years. The objective is to produce uniform trees with superior tree health and yields. Success in this regard has been achieved by the development of the avocado rootstocks Latas® (Merensky 1) and Dusa® (Merensky 2). These rootstocks have proven to show high Phytophthora cinnamomi (P.c.) root rot- and salinity tolerance. Dusa® has also attracted international attention as ‘Hass’ yields have proven to be substantially increased when using this clonal rootstock... read more


Cultivar development

In terms of cultivar development, WTS is a leader in its field. ​After extensive testing by WTS, two avocado cultivars and three mango cultivars have been released for commercial production in South Africa. These cultivars support the objective of finding superior-quality cultivars that extend the production season.



GEM CultivarGem® is an IP-protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence. WTS holds the world-wide Master Licence for the production of Gem®, as well as the exclusive right to trade Gem® into the EU, the USA and Japan. Gem® is licensed exclusively to WTS by the University of California, USA.

  • Late maturing: 4 weeks later than Hass
  • Consistent bearer: Yield better than Hass
  • Good fruit size: Slightly larger than Hass
  • Excellent post-harvest fruit quality: On par with Hass
  • Processing: Can be processed into guacamole

GEM CultivarCarmen®-Hass is an IP-protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence. WTS holds the Master Licence for the production and trade of Carmen®-Hass in Africa, the Middle-East and Brazil, as well as the trade into the EU. Carmen®-Hass is licensed to WTS by Brokaw Nursery LLB, California, USA.


  • Appearance: Hass look-alike
  • Early maturing: 4 weeks earlier than Hass
  • Regular bearer: Yield better than Hass
  • Good fruit size: Similar to Hass
  • Excellent post-harvest fruit quality: On par with Hass
  • Processing: Can be processed into guacamole

 

GEM Cultivar HoneyGold® is an IP-protected mango cultivar. WTS holds the worldwide Master Licence (outside Australia) for the production and trade of HoneyGold®. HoneyGold® is licensed exclusively to WTS by Pinata Marketing, Australia.

  • Season: mid-season
  • Shape and size: ovate oblong, large (610g average)
  • Flesh: Yellow, firm, little or no fibre
  • Aroma: pleasant
  • Flavour: Sweet hint of tartness

 

GEM CultivarShelly is an IP-protected mango cultivar. WTS holds the South African rights for the production and trade of Shelly. Shelly is licensed to WTS by the Volcani Institute, Israel.

  • Season: mid to late season
  • Shape and size: Apple-like, medium size (410g average)
  • Flesh: deep yellow, very firm, little fibre
  • Aroma: mild
  • Flavour: sweet

 

GEM CultivarPrincess® is an IP-protected mango cultivar. WTS holds the worldwide Master Licence for the production and trade of Princess®. Princess® is licensed exclusively to WTS by the Richard Elphick Trust, South Africa.

  • Season: February to late March in South Africa
  • Shape and size: oval, medium size (350g average)
  • Flesh: deep yellow, firm, little fibre
  • Aroma: mild and sweet
  • Flavour: sweet

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