"What gets measured gets improved."


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Fruit Evaluation

When it comes to harvest, Provar performs visual and sensory fruit evaluation and characterisation of fruit according to size distribution and total weight.

Tree Evaluation

We perform tree evaluation by monitoring tree characteristics at every stage, providing you with the full phenological sequence from budbreak to harvest, optimal harvest time and yield potential.

Storage Evaluation

Provar evaluates the storage potential and shelf-life of your cultivars. We also identify fruit disorders with great attention to detail.


Variety Data Management Software

Culteva serves evaluators in their pursuit to collect data and compare the phenotypic characteristics of plant material under evaluation. This easy to use tool lightens the load when performing evaluation tasks - making data collection paperless and effortless on a smartphone or handheld device. Powerful reports provide a visual insight to your evaluation data and can easily be shared with colleagues or clients. Standardized protocols on Culteva ensure accurate and comparable data between varieties, across evaluation sites and countries. Culteva features improve traceability of plant- and harvest-samples with unique identifiers associated with QR-Codes.

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Provar Tastings

Home of Provar Hosted Tastings

Provar hosts a bi-weekly tasting event at the Provar Laboratory in Paarl. During exhibitions, breeders, IP owners and licensees are able to showcase and promote their new and exciting fruit cultivars. Tasters can then rate these fruit selections based on a standard set of visual and sensory characteristics according to their spontaneous appreciation of the products. Evaluations occur in a structured and controlled manner ensuring standardized responses for objective comparison.

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Latest News

Researchers aim to understand how the interaction of genetics and environment drives tree performance.

Researchers aim to understand how the interaction of genetics and environment drives tree performance.

Nov 30, 2023 by Anna Mouton

An eight-year Hortgro-funded project in collaboration with Stellenbosch University and independent cultivar-evaluation company Provar is untangling the factors driving adaptability and stability in pome and stone fruit. Provar initiated the project. The postgraduate students involved shared project updates at the 2023 Hortgro Science Research Showcase and a recent cultivar information day hosted by Provar. This article summarises key points from their presentations. Read More

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