Consumer

Growers, exporters, and retailers all share the same goal: to get high-quality apples and pears into the hands of consumers.

Knowing what’s in season and learning about how our industry operates, helps consumers enjoy apples and pears the way they were meant to be eaten: crispy, juicy and sweet.

Thanks to cold store technology, Australian consumers can enjoy locally grown apples and pears 12 months of the year.  In fact, 99.7 per cent of all apples stocked in Aussie retailers come from Australian orchards and are internationally renowned as some of the finest in the world. As an industry, apples and pears are worth over $632M annually and create thousands of jobs in regional areas of the country.

Apples and pears are also increasingly being used in exciting value-add products, such as ciders, perry (pear-cider), sparkling juices, candy and toffee apples, apple jams, freeze and semi dried products, air-dried chips, cider vinegar, purees and baby foods, and even apple flour made from the abundant fibre after juicing.

FAQs

 

Growing regions

From the fertile granite soils 1000m above sea level in Stanthorpe Queensland, to the mild climates of the Tamar and Huon river valleys of Tasmania, Australian apples are grown in all states. There are many small pockets of production, but the major apple-and pear-growing areas are Stanthorpe (Queensland); Orange and Batlow (NSW); the Goulburn Valley,Yarra Valley and southern Victoria (Victoria); Huon Valley and Tamar Valley (Tasmania); Adelaide Hills (SA); and the Perth Hills, Donnybrook and Manjimup (WA). Some of the smaller growing areas include Bacchus Marsh, Harcourt, and the High Country (Victoria); and Hawkesbury (NSW).  Equally, our pears are blessed with cool, mild winters and sun-drenched summers in the Goulburn Valley – perfect conditions for growing world-class pears.

 

Growing seasons

Apples and pears are grown in all six Australian states and some varieties are available all year round thanks to cold storage.

 

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Health Benefits

Health Benefits

Health Benefits

The state of the nation’s health and what we should – and should not – be eating to stay healthy and live longer is rarely out of the news. In the western world, poor diet commonly causes health problems including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.

So what should we be eating? To stay healthy, the World Health Organisation is consistent and very simple: we should all aim to eat a more plant-based diet, the elements of which are simple! It’s all about making fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and pulses, the centrepiece of our diet.

Apples and pears are already a firm favourite with Australian consumers and can play a valuable role in helping children and adults reach their recommended 5-a-day fruit and veg.  Rich in fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and antioxidants that lower incidences of diseases such as asthma and type 2 diabetes, apples also have a low glycaemic index (GI) to keep you going longer.

Varieties

Varieties

Traditionally, Australian orchards were dominated by three varieties: Cripps Pink (sold internationally as Pink Lady®), Gala, and Granny Smith, but many are steadily shifting plantings towards high-colour Cripps Pink strains and branded varieties such as: Bravo®, Envy®, Yello®, Kanzi® and Jazz®.

Pear production is also dominated by three varieties: Packham, Williams’ Bon Chretien and Beurre Bosc. New, branded pear opportunities such as Goulburn River Gold® and Rico® are available for export markets.

Varieties

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