Fruit Farming in South Africa

Fruit Farming in South Africa consist of a wide variety of fruits - from oranges and apples to table grapes and dragon fruit, South Africa is a land of fantastic fruit and one of the main fruit producing countries in the world.

©Louise Brodie

More than 50% of our agricultural exports is fruit, which contributes 2.5% to South Africa’s Growth Domestic Profit (GDP).

Figures from Fruit South Africa indicated that more than 4.7 million tons of fruit are produced in South Africa of which 59% is exported, 28% is used for processing and 12% sold locally. Citrus, at 55%, forms the bulk of South African fruit production, while pome and stone fruit, 34%, table grapes, 6%, exotics and nuts, 5%, fill the rest of South Africa’s fruit basket.

A huge industry to cover, South Africa Online ® is introducing fruit production in South Africa with a few smaller, lesser-known fruits. Information about the growing, harvesting and processing of fruit is available in all 11 South African languages to help all South Africans appreciate the bounty of their land.


Apples are one of the most widely known and produced fruit types globally. Apple trees or Malus pumila originated in Central Asia and have b...more


South Africa supplies avocados from the southern hemisphere when production in the northern hemisphere is limited as well as to a growing l...more


Banana is a herbaceous tropical fruit plant. It originated from the South West Pacific regions and islands. The first documented evidence of...more


Blueberries are native to Asia, Scandinavia and North America, with early native Americans already recognising the health and medicinal valu...more


In berry production, brambles usually refer to raspberries, blackberries and crosses of these such as tayberries and loganberries....more

Cactus Pear

Cactus Pear is one of the most commercially important cactus species and versatile crops in the world, with almost the whole plant being sui...more


There is an interesting story behind what some believe to be the origin of the Afrikaans name for cantaloupe, spanspek....more

Cape Gooseberries

The Cape Gooseberry, called “appeliefie” in Afrikaans, derives its name from its husk-like cape and not because it has any link to Cape ...more


The production of sweet cherries in South Africa is a small but fast-growing industry; plantings have increased by 25% in just two years fro...more


Citrus fruits are characterised by their sharp flavour and some citrus types, such as lemons and limes, are sour or tart to the taste, while...more


Cucumbers are produced commercially, in South Africa, in open land and in greenhouses. The cucumber is part of the family Cucurbitaceae, as ...more


The date pal tree can reach about 20 metres in height, growing as a single stem or if left and not pruned and cleaned at the base will form ...more

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit Farming is a relatively young industry in South Africa, local dragon fruit farms show huge potential to deliver substantial am...more


A delicate, yet versatile fruit, the fig has been known to mankind for millennia and is a hugely popular fruit in Turkey, which is the world...more


Vitamin C-rich passion fruit or granadillas as they are known in South Africa, are mostly grown for export as fresh fruit or to be processed...more


Guavas are a tropical fruit, which is produced in tropical and subtropical regions across the globe. The Psidium guajava is a small tree fro...more


Although a small producer compared to the volumes produced by China, South Africa’s litchi production contributes to an important supply o...more


Mangoes can be grown in a wide variety of climates from tropical to arid. The bulk of South African mangoes come from the Hoedspruit area in...more


Mulberries are thought to have originated in China, Japan and the Himalayan Foothills. The trees are primarily associated with sericulture (...more


South African olive producers focus on premium quality products, such as extra virgin olive oil and diversify their product range with value...more


Pears are a domestic fruit that is predominantly grown in the Western Cape region of South Africa. This fruit is in season from February to ...more


Persimmons are produced in tropical to temperate regions across the globe and are known by several names including Persimmon...more


Pineapples are a tropical plant with juicy edible fruit, characterised by its golden hue and prickly outer layer....more


Pomegranates in South Africa are either a completely mystical fruit or one that is a fond memory from childhood when bushy shrubs grew in gr...more


Prunes, Prunus domestica, are different varieties of the European Plum. Prune generally refers to the dried plums or the plum varieties that...more


Raisins are dried grape berries and the word raisin is, in fact, the French word for grape. Raisins are produced commercially, by drying har...more

Stone Fruit

Stone fruit represents various fruit types that have a stone in the middle, such as peaches, nectarines, plums, lychees, mangoes, coconuts, ...more


Strawberries have been used for medicinal purposes by the ancient Romans as far back as 230 B.C., to cure anything from melancholy to kidney...more

Table Grapes

Table grapes are grapes produced for fresh consumption as a fruit. This sets them apart from grapes produced for making grape juice, wine or...more


Table tomatoes are one of the most cultivated crops in the world and there are several hundred varieties of tomato available. The fruit is r...more


Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s arid and semi arid regions. Watermelon is a cucurbit and part of the Cucurbitaceae fa...more