While we have all the right ingredients to produce top quality fruit, like farming the world over, we rely on mother-nature to play her part.
Sometimes she’s kind, sometimes she’s not. While the latter is always disappointing, it only serves to steel our determination the following year to carry on and produce a crop that outshines the last. Our fruit benefit from high altitude, cool winters, mild summers and rich basalt soils derived from Mount Canobolas – a volcano many many years ago. Some of our orchards sit over 1,000m above sea level making us one of the highest orcharding districts in Australia.
If our fruit could talk, they would tell us they love calling Orange home. It fills one with a fruit bin sized sense of achievement to see a semi-trailer load of fully packaged fruit from our orchard being sent off to market. While happy to be accused of bias, we are in no shadow of a doubt that our fruit excels over any other and, handled appropriately, we are confident you, the consumer, will notice the difference. That difference can be attributed to one extra ingredient that our heroes inject every day – passion.
Pink Lady™ is the brand name for the best quality apples from the Cripps Pink variety. The Cripps Pink variety originated in Western Australia by crossing Golden Delicious and Lady William varieties. Pink Lady apples are now increasingly popular around the world and are characterised by their true pink colour. Available late May-October
Originated in New Zealand by crossing Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange varieties. It was referred to as Royal Gala after Queen Elizabeth II declared her preference for it. Galas have a slightly sweeter taste than most apple varieties. Galas are dense and crisp in texture. Available late February-August
The Fuji apple originated in Japan in the 1940’s and has a crisp, super sweet flavour. Fuji apples are round with a dull pink colour, and have a dense texture. Available April-October
The Red Delicious is the most recognised variety in Australia and one for which the Orange area is famous. We consistently produce an apple that is super crisp, juicy and flavoursome. The colour of Red Delicious can be either dark crimson red, or greenish yellow colour with red stripes. Available all year round.
Jonathon Apples. Jonathon apples are one of the most popular eating apples with a great balance of sweet and sharp flavours with juicy white flesh. The Jonathon apple skin is deep red in colour with faint, deep red stripes. The small size makes it ideal for children’s lunch boxes and tuckshops and the Jonathon Apple is available all year round.
Recognised around the world. The Granny Smith was grown by accident in 1868 by Maria Anne Smith, in the Ryde district of New South Wales. Usually Granny Smiths have a bright green finish to the skin, however Granny Smiths grown in Orange will often have a little extra time on the tree to ripen making them eat sweeter than most. Available from May/June
Kanzi® is not just any apple, it is an apple of quality. The luxurious appearance is an alluring promise of the crunchy bite and deliciously well-balanced sweet and sour flavour that derives from our unique blend of a juicy Gala sort and a tangy, sweet Braeburn sort, grown in specially selected orchards worldwide.
BRAVO™ is the product of the world’s most successful apple breeding program in Australia. It has been developed to be outstanding on all fronts – from its dark good looks to its distinctive flavour and texture. You can recognise the BRAVO™ by its distinctive dark burgundy skin, sweet juiciness, vibrant white flesh, great crunch and texture and fantastic storage and freshness.