The harvest of our fantastic Eureka lemons is drawing to a close on our Limpopo based farms and we’re looking ahead to the start of our Star Ruby grapefruit season.

We’re preparing our market-leading packhouse to ensure it is ready to receive the Star Ruby’s that we will start the initial picking of in the coming week.

Star Ruby grapefruit

Raised in prime farmland, our Star Ruby grapefruit are nurtured to an outstanding quality, providing good-sized sought-after fruit before other growing areas in South Africa.

Star Ruby grapefruit have an attractive, red-blushed skin and a smooth golden rind with a tart yet sweet flavour and a high juice content.

Handpicked from our farm, our Star Rubies are harvested at the optimum time to provide superb quality fruit with an ideal balance of bitter-sweet flesh.

South African farming conditions

Although rain initially delayed our Eureka lemon crop, we’re pleased to note that the excess water has had a positive effect on our Star Ruby grapefruit and Valencia crop. The rain allowed further growth on our grapefruit and has positively impacted our sizing profile.

Conditions in South Africa are currently ideal, with cool weather in the morning of around 17 °C which increases to an afternoon average of around 27-30 °C.

Conditions of the market

Our lemons are packed and on the way to our trusted customers in the Middle East, EU and South East Asia.

The main harvest of our Star Ruby’s will start WEEK 16 with the fruit expected to be on the water the week after.

The Jupiter Group is an award-winning fresh produce grower with a simple vision – to be the most transparent company in fresh produce. With a year-round supply and innovative new variety development, Jupiter is hailed as one of the world’s leading fresh produce companies. Beyond their speciality in growing grape and citrus, Jupiter’s expertise also covers avocado, pineapple and kiwi in all formats and sizes across retail, wholesale, and food service businesses globally. Jupiter Group are different because they have digitised their supply chain and control a true seed to shelf process. The result? A consistent, transparent, trusted and traceable supply. On Jupiter’s own farms and those of their growing partners, the way they do business has British standards, global cultural heritage and unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. Jupiter’s BRCGS AA rated prepared fruit facilities in the UK provide a range of pots, punnets and trays alongside co-branded products such as their Babybel® Light Cheese, Apple & Grapes snack pack. They have ranked consecutively for three years in the prestigious The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 for International Growth, most recently at number 17.
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