The season start is October in the Limpopo region followed by the Orange River region in November. The later regions commence harvest December with the Hex River Valley closing the South African season in April.
Due to the extreme heat conditions, harvest start early morning to preserve the quality of the fruit. Grapes are monitored and are picked at optimum ripeness to get that “Grapeness” eating experience. Harvest teams are divided into smaller groups. The leaders of these groups train each member individually to select the correct bunches. It’s a skill that takes time to learn.
Hygiene is one of the most importance aspects when it comes to food, yes even in the South of Africa! Growers focus on clean scissors for harvest and constant sanitation of scissors and hands will take place throughout the day. Grapes are then carefully placed in clean washed berry trays lines with washed sponges.
Handling of the fruit is extremely important and placing it in the trays are done with extreme caution. This helps to prevent shatter and bruising of the fruit.
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