South Africa’s 2022/2023 deciduous fruit season delivered something special to the market this January, a brand new very early red blush pear cultivar trademarked as Rosy-Lwazi. The variety has been bred locally by the Agricultural Research Counsel (ARC) and commercialised by Culdevco.
Rosy-Lwazi expands South Africa’s blush pear cultivar range and widens the marketing window as it is now the earliest blush pear available on the market, which means early access overseas and therefore, better prices.
This blush pear variety began its journey in 2007 when it was singled out by an ARC breeder, Taaibos Human, as a potentially profitable cultivar. Sixteen years later, in the first week of January 2023, the first Rosy-Lwazi was harvested at Eselfontein farm just outside Ceres in the Western Cape.