Pernel Fruitworld, Hawke's Bay
The Mardon family has been orcharding on their Hawke's Bay property for over 60 years gradually expanding it to its present 33 hectare or 73 acre size. They have traditionally concentrated on growing apples for export with two-thirds of the orchard being planted with some of the world's best varieties, such as Royal Gala, Fuji, Pacific Rose, Pink Lady and more recently Jazz® and Envy®.
The rest of their orchard is planted mainly with stonefruit including peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums. Although, they do grow quite a range of European Pears as well. All in all, the Mardon brothers grow 85 different varieties of fruit commercially therefore extending their harvest over a long period of time. They pick the first of their peaches in late November/early December while by late April they have harvested the last of the apples.
Pernel Fruitworld use an IFP (Integrated Fruit Production) programme on their orchard. This allows them to greatly reduce the use of broad-spectrum chemicals but still allow the production of high quality fruit.
For more information about Pernel Fruitworld, visit their website here.