Pome fruit

Apples, pears and nashis are the main pome fruits grown in Western Australia. There is significant production around the Perth Hills, Donnybrook and Manjimup. Smaller pockets are scattered in cooler areas from Perth to Albany.

Due to the varieties grown and high storage capacity, local apples are available all year round, pears from February to December and nashis from February to August. Most fruit is sold on local markets with some interstate and overseas sales.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s apple breeding program has produced some outstanding varieties grown internationally including Cripps Pink (Pink Lady™) and Cripps Red (Sundowner™). Other promising candidates are in the pipeline.

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    The final harvest at the netted demonstration resulted in the best crop of the three year project.

  • 11 September 2017

    What is the difference between black and white net? Is there a difference or is it just your preference.

  • 11 September 2017

    As a protection mechanism from damage during harsh winter conditions, perennial fruit trees go through a period of dormancy.

  • 18 October 2017

    Two mealybug species, the longtailed mealybug (Pseudococcus longispinus), and obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus viburni) occur in grapevines and deciduous fruit tree crops in Western

  • 11 September 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) and The University of Western Australia (UWA) are leading research into breeding flavonoid-rich apples – healthier apples for consum

  • 3 January 2017

    Local studies carried out by the University of Western Australia (UWA) scientists have shown that flavonoid-rich apples have a direct and measurable effect on human health; with the consumption of

  • 24 November 2016

    Leading horticulture and medical researchers have teamed up to explore how ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and ways to breed new, healthier apples in Western Australia.

  • 19 September 2017

    Findings from the first year of an apple netting demonstration in Manjimup show that growing apples in a netted enclosure resulted in saving irrigation water.

  • 11 September 2017

    Apple looper (Phrissogonus laticostata) is a native insect that damages fruit in apple orchards and vineyards in the South West of Western Australia.

  • 11 September 2017

    Apple dimpling bug (Campylomma liebknechti) adults feed on developing fruitlets of apples, pears, nashi pears and occasionally summerfruit (stone fruit) resulting in distortion that makes

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