Initial indications are that South Africa is heading for a good stone fruit season, with the first nectarines due to be harvested in the Northern provinces at the end of October.

“The fruit has been refreshed by steady rains after a dry period which will enhance size and allows us to send out positive messages to the industry at this stage,” said Martin Dunnett, Capespan’s marketing manager.

The fact that the European stone fruit crop has been much lighter this year also adds confidence in the build up to Christmas. Apricot picking should start at the end of November.