Signet has been importing several fruits from South Africa for local Market.  The fruits are considered for their Uniqueness and health benefits.

Below is a list of the same and a brief history for each.


The Midknight is a Valencia varietal known for its excellent eating quality. “It is smaller than a typical Navel orange, seedless, very juicy and sweet with an appealing texture and taste,”



Braeburn originated in New Zealand from a chance seedling in 1950. It was first imported into South Africa in the mid seventies. Braeburn is harvested from late March to early April. The fruit has a similar shape to Granny Smith, and the background colour is green-gold and covered with a partial reddish-orange blush or stripes.

The texture is crisp and the taste is sweet and slightly tangy. It is an excellent eating apple and is delicious in salads.


Fuji originated in the 1950's in Fujisaki, Japan and is a cross between Ralls and Red Delicious. It was introduced to South Africa in the early 1990's. Fuji is harvested in early April.

Fuji is a relatively large apple, and has a green-yellow background, partially covered with bright pink-red stripes. The flesh is yellowish and the texture is firm and very crisp, juicy apple, very sweet with an attractive aroma.


This apple was bred in New Zealand and is a cross between Kid's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious. It was imported into South Africa in the 1970's and the first commercial plantings took place in 1982.

Gala is harvested in mid February.

It has a yellow skin, with some red stripes and inconspicuous lenticels, and slight russeting often occurs at the stem-end. The flesh is cream and the texture is crisp and the fruit is inclined to be small.

The apple has a unique, sweet, tangy flavour and a lovely aroma. Gala is a perfect eating apple and ideal for salads.

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious was found as a seedling in West Virginia, USA, in the 1880's and introduced into South Africa in 1930 by Molteno Brothers of Grabouw. Golden delicious is harvested from late February to mid March. It is a medium to large apple, green when harvested, ripening to a golden yellow colour.

The skin has conspicuous lenticels. The flesh is green-white and crisp and the taste is sweet, fragrant and juicy. It is a superb eating apple, and is excellent for use in salads. In certain areas and under specific climatic conditions Golden Delicious has a delicate pink blush.


Sundowner is the lesser-known sibling of Pink Lady. They share the same parentage - Golden Delicious and Lady Williams - but they were developed at the same time by the same fruit breeder, John Cripps of Western Australia. Pink Lady and Sundowner are trade names, and you will also see these apples described and sometimes marketed as Cripps Pink and Cripps Red respectively.

Sundowner does not have the distinctive pink blush of Pink Lady, being a more conventional "bi-coloured" red apple. The flavour is less delicate than Pink Lady, and slightly more distinctive.

Granny Smith

Granny Smith derives its name from a real granny Smith, Mrs Maria Ann Smith, who discovered this seedling in her garden in Australia in the 1860's.

The first plantings in South Africa date back to 1919. Granny Smith is in full bloom from middle to late October and is harvested from late March to late April.

It is a medium to large apple, varying in colour from light to bright green, and the lenticels are well developed. In cooler areas it will develop a red blush.

The flesh is firm, white and crisp, and the taste is slightly tart, yet sweet. It is an excellent eating apple and good for baking, sauces or purees.

Royal Gala

This apple originated in New Zealand and is a Gala mutation. It was introduced to South Africa in the 1980's and is now preferred to the Gala because of its better colour.

Royal Gala is harvested in mid February and the same size and taste is identical to Gala, but it is covered with stripes, bright red in colour. When ripe the background skin is yellow and with the deep red stripes, and Royal Gala has a beautiful deep orange appearance.


Starking originated in the USA in the 1920's and was introduced to South Africa in the 1940's. It is a mutation of Red Delicious, and is harvested in early March.

It is a medium to large apple with red stripes on a green-yellow background. Starking is a very popular eating apple. It is sweet and juicy, has cream coloured flesh and a crisp texture.


This apple was discovered in the 1950's in Columbia, USA. It is a mutation of Shotwell Delicious, which was itself a mutation of Red Delicious. It was introduced to South Africa in 1973.

Topred is harvested from late February to early March, and has a deep red colour, more uniform that a Starking and with conspicuous lenticels. It is a medium to large fruit, with creamy-white flesh and a crisp texture. The taste is sweet and juicy and delicious to eat.

Pink Lady ® / Cripp's Pink

This delicious bicolour apple has one pink cheek and one pale cheek and was developed in West Australia by John Cripps of the Australian Department of Agriculture. Cripp's Pink is a cross breeding of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, and is harvested in mid to late April.

The skin is pink to light red solid blush overlaying a lime yellow background, it has creamy white flesh, a crisp, fine texture, and a sweet-tart flavour. Pink Lady ® is not a variety, but a brand name. The brand is applied to the Cripp's Pink variety of apples only if they comply with the stringent quality standards prescribed by the Pink Lady ® brand.


Dan Ben Hannah

This is an attractive black grape with medium sized round berries. It has loose bunches and ripens in mid to late January.

The variety was produced in Israel by an Israeli horticulturalist, Dr Hochberg, and named "Son of Hannah" in honour of his wife.

It underwent seven years of evaluation in South Africa, and was made available to producers in 1973.

Alphonse Lavallée

The first reference to this cultivar was in 1860 when it was registered by a nursery in Orleans in France. It was imported to the Cape from Argentina in 1926, and released to growers in 1928. A black seeded cultivar with a sweet and juicy taste and large, bold round berries.

It has compact bunches, a good shelf life and ripens from January to February.

La Rochelle

This delicious black seeded grape was developed in South Africa and is a cross between Barlinka and Alphonse, the two traditional black varieties grown in the Western Cape. La Rochelle has large, round berries, compact bunches, and was released in 1986.

It is named after the French port La Rochelle on the Atlantic seaboard, as this was where many of the Huguenots came from. (The Huguenots – Protestants fleeing religious persecution – made up a large proportion of South Africa's earliest European settlers, and brought viticulture knowledge and traditions with them from France)


Bonheur was developed in South Africa and released to growers in 1986. This beautiful seeded black variety is also a cross between Alphonse and Barlinka.

The name comes from the French "Le Bonheur " which translates as "the good hour" and refers to dawn or sunrise. It has large, round berries, compact bunches and a blue-black colour and an excellent flavour.


Signet also imports bananas from Ecuador, which is the world's largest producer of bananas.

There are 300 varieties of bananas grown in Ecuador, the widely grown variety is Cavendish named after William Cavendish. Cavendish cultivars are distinguished by the height of the plant and features of the fruits. The fruits of the Cavendish bananas are eaten raw, used in baking, fruit salads, fruit compotes, and to complement foods. The outer skin is partially green when sold in food markets, and turns yellow when it ripens. As it ripens the starches turn to sugar making a sweeter fruit. When it reaches its final stage (stage 7), brown/black "sugar spots" develop. When overripe, the skin turns black and the flesh becomes mushy. Bananas ripen naturally until they are picked.