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Tasting the past at Heritage Orchard Open Day

The very first apple picked in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town on April 17, 1662 can be tasted again for the first time in eons.

The Witte Wijnappel is recorded in the diary of the first Dutch Governor, and is growing again on South African soil thanks to Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing and Hortgro who found the lost variety.

It is bearing fruit in the Tru-Cape Heritage Orchard at Oak Valley Estate in Elgin and will be available to see and taste, along with other varieties no longer in commercial production, on Saturday, February 20, 2021. There are two sessions, 10am to 12 noon and 12noon to 2pm.

Although entry is free, tickets must be obtained at

  • Delaine
    2 weeks ago


  • Ferdy Lammens
    2 weeks ago

    Congratulations, by picking that apple again. And the roots off this tree is again from our lovely Holland.
    Producer off delicious fruit.
    Ferdy Lammens

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