Jun 13, 2017 by Iwan Labuschagne, Human Steenkamp
In industry, formal cultivar evaluation is supported by various in-season, open and closed (invitation only) “Fruit Tastings”, that can be attended by South African Fruit producers and interested parties. These tastings remain one of the best possible platforms for various Breeders, IP managers and License holders to showcase their latest varieties and selections. A fruit tasting is all about presenting the best possible product at a specified harvest time, normally on a weekly basis. It is intended to give the producer a broad overview of what’s new, and to add the perspective of “what is out there” for planting. During these tastings, the producer can add value to his or her basket of knowledge if the correct tools are applied to make informed decisions. If information gathered during these tastings is applied without proper insight and advice, it may add to the new cultivar conundrum.