Growing Berries in South Africa
The Koo Valley is well known for its densely planted fruit tree orchards and a brand of canned fruit in South Africa that bears its name.
The Eastern Cape Berry Corridor hopes to become the largest blueberry producers by 2020. Thornhill Farms in Amathole spearhead the Eastern Cape berry corridor, which is one of the seven districts of Eastern Cape Province.
Fruit and berries grown in Koo valley, the berry corridor or your own home garden are a delicious treat packed with vitamins, fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Sweet, juicy blueberries are used for fresh eating, or in sauces and baked goods.
The small, round fruits may be translucent white, red or purple with a rich, tart flavor used for preserves or wines.
Similar to currants, elderberries are dark red to purple and make fine wine and preserves.
This thorny plant produces tart, green berries used in pies and preserves.
Are botanically classified as berries. Table grapes are used fresh and may be red, green or black. Small, seeded types have an aromatic flavor and are used for juices and wines.
Huckleberries are similar to blueberries, and are delicious fresh, or in jams and baked goods.
This cross between a raspberry and a blackberry has a distinct taste and is used commercially in jams and juices.
Raspberries are cold-hardy and long-lived, producing sweet, flavorful fruit suitable for fresh eating, sauces and preserves.
Have an intense strawberry flavor that makes you stand up and take notice. Strawberries are cultivated worldwide with a sweet-smelling aroma, red color, and natural sweetness.