The oranges are almost full grown.
Well valued workers pick and pack our fruit with atmost care.
Fresh picked oranges.
The Lebata river is Deona’s natural water source for irrigation.
Water bassins for irrigation work by gravity.
New trees are well selected and moist. They are nursed to become Deona’s full grown fruit trees.
Pest management system
We have an integrated pest management system in place whereby the spraying of chemicals is kept to minimum and natural predators are released to help control pests.
Citrus fruit growth cycle
Citrus trees produce blossoms in spring and the fruit develops through spring and summer ripening for harvest in late autumn and early winter. Citrus fruit is segmented and has a thick skin.
Our citrus season starts in February with lemons and continues until September/October when the last oranges are harvested.
The taste of fruit
The fruit is usually peeled before consumption and the skin is generally discarded. All citrus fruit contain citric acid and ascorbic acid, better know as Vitamin C. Citrus fruits are characterized by their sharp flavour and some citrus types, such as lemons, are sour to the taste, while others are sweet. The fruits generally have a strong fragrance.
Large fruit industry in South Africa
Citrus fruit is one of the most popular and widely produced fruit types globally. Based on production volumes, citrus fruit is the largest fruit industry in South Africa, and is largely focused on export markets. South Africa is the second biggest citrus exporting country.
All fruit undergo multiple tests at accredited laboratories.
PPECB inspectors are on site full-time during the packing season to ensure that the required standards are continuously met.
The total volume of the packed fruit is always checked on a scale.
In the climate controlled warehouse fruit is ready to be shipped.
Barcodes are used to streamline and register the production.
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