Don’t be fooled by the seemingly humble pocket of oranges, or for that matter, a box of export fruit! The journey is far and with many steps required for it to get where it is! I have been focusing on citrus this month and have been on a few citrus-focused shoots in the way of harvesting and pack house operations in the Limpopo Province and just recently, in my own neck of the woods, Ixopo.
Carisbrooke Valley Citrus pack house is nestled in the beautiful valley of Carisbrooke, made famous by Alan Paton’s book, Cry the Beloved Country. It receives, grades and packs oranges and lemons from farms in the area and supplies both local and export markets. Export markets include countries such as Japan, Russia and Saudi Arabia with each country having different packing and export requirements.
Thank you to the Carisbrooke Valley Citrus team for giving me the opportunity to capture this intensive grading operation/process. There are many processes involved in a pack house from washing, waxing, labelling and photographing every individual citrus fruit from all angles…and there are thousands and thousands of oranges and lemons that go through the system every day! It’s quite incredible!