The Fruit Cellar

From the experienced hands of the Tierhoek Organic team comes a range of conventional, sulphur and preservative free dried fruit under The Fruit Cellar brand. The Fruit Cellar range includes a range of fruits which cannot otherwise be sourced from Certified Organic farms.

Owners Bruce and Alison Gilson work closely with local Western Cape farmers who are globalgap and export certified. This means that they farm with a minimum of sprays, in some cases no chemicals at all, as well as adhering to strict environmental and labour regulations.

“Over the past few years’ customers have asked us for a greater variety of sulphur free dried fruit” explained Alison. “Buying sulphur free dried fruit is essential for many people with sulphur allergies as well as those who wish to enjoy delicious dried fruit without any preservatives. The Fruit Cellar range fills the gap where we cannot buy certified organic fruit to dry.”

By buying locally The Fruit Cellar uses fruit that would otherwise be thrown away, due to sun damage or under sizing, thereby assisting local farmers and producing quality dried fruit for their customers.

“As organic farmers ourselves we have seen that the market is not big enough to support organic farming so it is not a choice that farmers are making” commented Bruce.

“It is our responsibility to combine the experience of our drying technique and our production team to ensure sustainable employment for the families at Tierhoek and to produce The Fruit Cellar range giving people a healthier choice in the conventional dried fruit market”.