ARRA 29 (ARRA Passion Fire™) is showing great results this season at Technogreen Farm. Under the guidance of Eng. Fayez Dowidar, Technical Manager and Mostafa Hassan, Farm Manager, the crop has reached optimal berry size, crunchiness, sweetness, color and uniformity. The key to reaching such a level of quality and achieving a great crop has been to shorten the bunches. This method allowed for the development of berry crunchiness, sweetness and color by means of optimally managing the load as well as bunch size.
Magdy Mansour, Chairman of Technogreen, is particularly proud of the results obtained this season. Due to the high demand for export to South Africa, Technogreen has decided to keep part of the crop, on the vine, for later harvest. At this stage, the technical team is waiting for the sugar ring to develop as a sign before beginning to harvest. The Egyptian growers have refined the growing methods to produce high-quality ARRA Passion Fire™ grapes and it will certainly be much appreciated by the market.
ARRA 30 (ARRA Sugar Drop™) is demonstrating a successful season as well. Technogreen has reached a high yield with excellent quality, proving the variety’s suitability to the Egyptian climate and environment. ARRA 30 is early, it is very fertile, crunchy, has excellent eating quality and holds up well on the vine. The high crop achieved this year was due to the extended berry weight and bunches count.
ARRA 33 (ARRA Honey Pop™) is currently in the final stages of treatment evaluation by Techogreen, where the team is fine-tuning the Grapa growing guidelines’ adaptability to the local environment. The efforts are indeed paying off, as the berries are large, crunchy and sweet. There is a substantial interest in this winning ARRA selection in Egypt. ARRA Honey Pop™ will definitely be a great advantage to the producers, thanks to its earliness, crunchiness and excellent shelf life, but, most of all, the minimum labor required per acre due to the perfect berry set with no shot berries.
FATA farm’s technical team developed a growing protocol for ARRA 15 (ARRA Sweeties) that is suitable for their area ensuring the fruit will ripen at the precise time, suited for export. ARRA 15 (ARRA Sweeties) and ARRA 29 (ARRA Passion Fire) both exemplify truly stunning bunches, berry size, uniformity and shape.
The ARRA 29 at FATA farm is slightly later compared to the other farms that the Grapa’s team visited. This is mainly due to its northern location. During the visit, the sugar ring was carefully evaluated as it is a very important factor in order to determine the right day to begin the harvest. The crop is well managed with optimal bunches size, bunch count and leafing control.
The uniqueness of ARRA 33 (ARRA Honey Pop™) is the ripening time which is a few days after Early Sweet and a week before ARRA 30 allowing the continuous presence on the shelf of early green varieties. Free of shot berries, it is characterized by outstanding eating quality with extreme crunchiness and a hint of Muscat flavor.
ARRA 34 has attracted much interest among growers due to its unique, berry shape and size, fresh eating quality, shiny light green color, fertility and ease of growing. It ripens between ARRA 30 and ARRA 15, promising the continuous supply of elongated berry-shaped white ARRA varieties for at least 2 months.
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Igniting the senses
Just in time for the festive season, the inaugural batch of ARRA Fire Crunch™ made its way from Peru to the USA. Karl Conrads, founder, CEO of Grapasa accompanied the first year vines from budbreak all the way to Walmart facilities in Los Angeles.
Don’t miss the footage, showing this landmark arrival, now the sky’s the limit.
Sharing the passion – Right now in Southern Africa:
“It’s a great, beautiful grape, we are having a great time packing it.” shares Gabriel Viljoen of G.P. Viljoen Farming
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“The ARRA Passion Fire was probably the most beautiful red grapes around on our farms.”
Start the season with a Kiss
This year, attendees got a firsthand look at ARRA Fire Kiss™ in Egypt. What stood out was how distinctly different it was from the Flame, leaving no doubt that it is the perfect Flame replacement.