The Environment

Diana’s Fruit cares about the environment we live in and the health of you and your family.

All fruit is all hand picked into non-tanalised bins, hand packed into reuseable crates, fresh from the orchard each day.

Fruit trees have been shown to sequester carbon. Diana’s Fruit have won environmental awards and is NZGAP accredited.

Fruit is grown using integrated fruit production with modern, targeted, environmentally friendly sprays and fertilisers to ensure the highest level of nutrition and keeping qualities.

All (mostly heritage) varieties are chosen for outstanding flavour, and intense colour.

Summerfruit NZ also provide the following guidelines:

Health Benefits

Vitamin C in peaches is good, and most of the micronutrients are good too. Vitamin C is needed for people to effectively access iron in meat
– a good reason for a balance diet.

Fat content is of course zero! Sugar levels are fairly standard for fruit.

It is best to get these nutrients from natural sources rather than supplements. Scientific evidence is slowly accumulating that supplements actually harm people: for example, smoking and taking carotene (a powerful anti-oxidant) supplements increases lung cancer deaths but eating it in fruit will decrease risk (slightly).

Diana’s Fruit is grown is soils where nutrients are actively monitored and tailored for optimum plant health and ongoing sustainable production. It is important that nutrients shipped off the orchard inside the fruit are replaced, so that trees grow nutritious fruit next year and for future generations. Decreasing nutrient content of food due to a general decline in soil fertility as a result of ‘factory farming’ or ‘soil mining’ is a growing concern world wide.

The table at left lists the nutrient content of plums, quinces and peaches per 100g as listed in the UK nutrient database. Beside it are the NZ estimated average requirements. These are the amounts of each nutrient a person should eat each day.

Diana’s Fruit is harvested late in the season, and is exposed to longer sunshine hours as a result. This increases good, natural sugars. It also means expected levels of vitamin A, carotene and vitamin C would be higher than the tables at left.

Dr Marie-Ann Ha PhD (Otago) | Public Health Nutrition Consultant | Cambridge, UK

Employment

Would you like to join Diana’s family?
Come experience the real NZ: fresh mountain air, real people, honest hard work. No experience necessary!
On the job training in 4WD ATV, hydraulic ladders and pruning shears.
You need to be fit, prepared to climb tall ladders, not colour-blind and not suffer from eczema.
We prefer non-smokers, people who have worked outside and have driving experience, although this is not essential.
All employees must be NZ citizens/permanent residents or have a valid Working Holiday Visa. NZ IRD and bank account recommended.
Some accommodation is available, but we cannot accommodate couples. Bring your sunscreen and a sense of humour—get to meet some real locals.
After work, try out the horses, go fishing, hiking and river swimming.
This may not be the career job you have always dreamed of, but we guarantee it will alter the way you view the world.

And it is a great way to save for your next adventure!

Picking/Packing

February to April

Interviewing starts at the beginning of January, and jobs advertised on the Backpacker board. Only email enquiries are accepted.
Most suited to backpackers, not suitable for NZ students.

Thinning

Late November until just before Christmas.

Selectively removing baby fruit so the remaining grow to succulent, BIG juicy fruit. Most suited to NZ students and older high school students.

Contact Diana before September
Telephone 063825505