A red skinned, yellow-fleshed, cling-stone plum of mid to late season. Generally has very good flavour and exceptionally high levels of sweetness, and with decent juice content. This is a lovely late-season plum which can be almost irresistible to eat when properly ripened: a great alternative to the traditional crunchy, late season varieties.
In South Africa, there’s been plenty of interest in the variety from growers, who have been planting significant numbers of trees. A rapid increase in volumes can be expected, and some are predicting that African Delight will become South Africa’s third highest volume variety within the next 2-3 years.
The variety has a relatively low chilling requirement and the tree is very fertile, bearing fruit on shoots and spurs.
Origin: ARC PR00-29, or African Delight, was bred at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Infruitec-Nietvoorbij in South Africa and released in 2008. It has been commercialised by Culdevco who have registered African Delight as a trademarked name.
Grown in: South Africa
Harvest & Availability: African Delight is usually harvested at the end of February.
On the market in:
March to April: from South Africa