Jan van Riebeek's Witte Wijn apple returns after 350 years (but not him!)
Next year Hortgro and Tru-Cape will begin planting South Africa's first apple variety after an absence of more than 350 years.
Although it is still in quarantine until next year, the Witte Wijn Appel, the first apple recorded in the diary of the Dutch governor at the Cape as picked in the Company's Garden on 17 April 1762 has been found in Holland.
And it has been imported back into South Africa by Hortgro, the pome industry research support body and Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears.
Hortgro's executive director Anton Rabe said the first of this Witte Wijn Appel were picked in April 1652.
And according to our historians those first seeds for those trees should have been planted just about five or six months after Van Riebeek landed in Cape Town.Anton Rabe, Hortgro's executive director
He planted the first apple seeds in 1652 and the first two apples were picked in 1662.Anton Rabe, Hortgro's executive director
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