The image shows Juniperus communis berries at varying stages of ripeness. The berries are green initially, then darken over time and are ripe after three years.

Despite a plethora of new gins appearing all over NZ, the country is yet to grow local juniper berries at any scale for gin production or for export.

Insiders are predicting that vegetable prices could ease next week.

It is predicted that the monthly Food Price Index due to be released next week will show an easing in vegetable prices, with industry insiders saying the trend is set to continue as we head into winter.

Zespri chief global supply officer Alastair Hulbert says the company is continuing to closely monitor its supply chain.

Zespri is expecting this year to be one of its most challenging seasons it has faced, thanks to the impact of Covid across the global supply chain.

Family affair: Nick White with his son Luke and daughter Kylie on their orchard at Loburn. Photo Credit: Nigel Malthus.

In a Covid-constrained season, where many horticulturists are struggling with the lack of labour, family-run Mill Orchard - at Loburn, just north of Rangiora - is enjoying a great harvest.

Hort NZ chair Barry O'Neil says there is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to regulatory requirements of an emissions reduction scheme.

Horticulture NZ is one of the primary sector parties involved in the industry-wide initiative He Waka Eke Noa, to provide government with an alternative option to the ETS in dealing with on farm orchard/greenhouse gas emissions.

Orchardist Paul Paynter says Kiwi orchard workers have different motivations to the RSE workers on his orchard.

For orchardists like Paul Paynter, getting sufficient people to pick their apple crop is a challenge.

Paul Paynter says it has been a very challenging season, due to a combination of factors - including weather, Covid and labour shortages.

Paul Paynter - director of the family-owned Yummy Fruit Company, based in Hawke's Bay - has described the past season as the toughest year in his 30 years in the apple industry. He tells Peter Burke why...

As millions of freshly harvested New Zealand-grown Rockit apples begin arriving into ports around the world, a new campaign kicks off harnessing the spirit of bravery.

A specialty NZ apple producer has been cashing in on the Chinese New Year with its fruit packed in specially designed gift packs.

Dr Jian Guan says while New Zealand blackcurrants are uniquely rich in cGP, they are also exploring other natural sources of the nutrient.

Hawke's Bay horticulture lecturer and programme co-ordinator Gordon Reid is retiring from his position after 19 years.

"We got there in the end" is one Central Otago cherry orchardist's summation of the summer fruit season now winding up.

The 2022 apple harvesting season is underway and early indications are the quality is looking good across all varieties.

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