Cultivars

In terms of cultivar development, Westfalia is a leader in its field. ​After extensive testing by its research division, two avocado cultivars and three mango cultivars were released for commercialisation within its own operations and at licensed growers. These cultivars support the objective of finding superior-quality cultivars that extend the production season.

Avocado Cultivars

GEM®

The cultivar UC3295, with superior fruit marketed under the brand GEM®, is a protected avocado cultivar that can only be grown and traded under licence. Westfalia holds the worldwide Master Licence for the production of GEM®, as well as the exclusive right to trade GEM® into various markets around the globe. GEM® is licensed exclusively to Westfalia by the University of California Riverside in the 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

To learn more about GEM®, visit our GEM® page here and watch these insightful videos.

CARMEN®-HASS

The cultivar Mendez#1, marketed under the brand Carmen®-Hass, is a 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

Mango Cultivars

HONEY GOLD®

HG#1, marketed under the brand HoneyGold® is a 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

SHELLY

Shelly is a 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

PRINCESS

TFE02, branded as Princess® is a 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