Origins of the apple shared

2016-10-19 06:00
Vishay Aheer (right) with Tru-Cape’s Buks Nel

Vishay Aheer (right) with Tru-Cape’s Buks Nel

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A FASCINATING history of the origins of the apple was the main feature of the Customer Engagement Day hosted by Aheers Supermarket on Thursday, 13 October.
Buks Nel, PR for Tru-Cape, kept the group enthralled during his talk as he traced the history of this fruit from the 1600s in Khadakestan to the huge range now available. Apples are obviously his passion and his talk, with lots of humour, was most enjoyable and interesting.

Tru-Cape was launched in 2001 to distribute and market deciduous fruits. Most of the fruit it distributes is grown in the southern fertile valleys of South Africa.

Areas where the majority of the fruit is grown is in the Western Cape around Elgin, Grabouw and Ceres, and in the Southern Cape in Langkloof.
A mild Mediterranean climate and a variety of micro-climatic and soil conditions found in these areas provide ideal growing conditions for top quality fruit.

Nel is a veteran of the fruit industry and Tru-Cape’s new varietal expert, responsible for finding and testing new varietals and was the excited discoverer of a redder Gala mutation, now registered as Big Bucks.

Passing on his knowledge and passion Buks co-authored Apples in the Early Days at the Cape and a book on insects, a speciality interest of his.

Other suppliers, which spoke about their products included the Bakhresa Group which manufacture Azam flour – new on the South African market - and three local entrepreneurs - Rabia Hoosen (printed labels and cake toppers), Shireen Shaik (natural beauty products) and Chris Trudeaux (cheese maker).

The Bakhresa Group is one of the leading industries in Tanzania, East Africa. Started in a humble manner with a small restaurant in the Port City of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania­, in the mid-seventies, it has now emerged as one of the prominent family owned business groups in the region.

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