Greenyard’s own production is through The Fruit Farm Group with farms based in South Africa. One farm Verlorenvlei, in South Africa is outside Ceres and is ideally situated in the edge of the Koue Bokkeveld region of Ceres which has good day and night temperatures for bi-coloured apples. The other farm Helderview, in Picketberg is a good warm early region producing high quality pears and earlier apples.
Greenyard also own concept orchards, based in Cambridgeshire UK within our direct grower base. Here we trial small quantities of varieties of apples – working on improvements to standard varieties but also trialling apples with promise of something different for the future. These trials are carried out over many years and subject to various metrics to determine the viability of them for the longer-term investment needed for the future.
We also have a joint venture with Bardsley Farms in Kent, providing us with a state of the art Top Fruit grading and packing operation.
As well as our own production we source apples from many countries throughout the year; the key countries being United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, France, and Italy.
Traditional & Popular Apples:
This red striped apple with yellow/green background is very popular in the UK, it’s easy to grow and handles well. Very crisp, sweet and juicy, with a slight tartness.
A widely grown red striped apple with pale green background. Known for its aromatic sweet taste, this is an easy eating apple.
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The first apple to ever be trademarked, an extremely appealing bi-coloured apple with pink crisp thin skin. Has a sweet almost tart taste and is often described as having a fizz!
This apple has possibly the best taste of any dessert apple. Its unique taste when caught at the right times has hints of pear, orange, melon – just an array of flavour.
An old classic but perhaps waning in popularity, but still a prominent apple in the UK due to its storing qualities. When caught at optimum times it has a refreshing, crisp almost caramel sweetness that’s hard to beat.
Perhaps Australia’s most famous export (even before Fosters) this apple has a very hardy, thick, crisp skin, with a mild tart taste and is excellent for cooking.
So easily recognisable due to its bold large, non-uniformed shape with a bright green appearance. The perfect cooking apple, which, when cooked, becomes light and fluffy. Is ideal for pies, tarts chutneys and many more uses.
Perhaps truly the new kid on the block. There is a lot expected of this apple, with its yellow appearance and slight blush, combined with its firm texture and intense strawberry like sweetness, it’s a break from the more common bi-coloured varieties.
A block red high coloured apple. As the colour suggests, the fruit has a “deep” flavour with a wonderful sweetness combined with a crisp, clean bite. Its striking colour should help with its quest for popularity in the UK apple market.
The three new apples are: Kissabel Rouge, a deep red fruit with red and white flesh, full flavour and notes of berry; Kissabel Jaune, a pink-centred variety with a crisp and aromatic taste; and Kissabel Orange, with its orange skin, pink-red flesh and an eating experience described as juicy and firm.
Greenyard is continuously expanding its international presence. We combine our worldwide network with local sales offices and production plants, making sure we are always close to our customers.