Farming the orange and green varieties, Habata is the biggest producer of melons (spanspek) in South Africa. The company delivers to major retailers under the Habata brand. With a sweet taste, some varieties have suture skins and others netting. Primarily for eating and processing, the long shelf life varieties do not have the aroma of the conventional spanspek.
Grown since: 2002 | In-season: December to March
The seedless watermelons, which make up 75 per cent of total production, are the hallmark of Habata’s operations in this field. These melons have a sweet, crunchy taste and are compact in size and round in shape. Sold under the Habata brand, they are destined for all major retailers in South Africa. With their firm flesh, these seedless watermelons are exceptional for eating and processing.
Grown since: 2006 | In-season: December to mid-April
Several varieties of butternuts are produced by Habata for processing and distributed to all major retailers in bags. They are marketed under the Habata brand. The varieties have a sweet taste, are cylindrical in shape and are often used as a replacement for normal pumpkin. They are used primarily for processing, but also for eating and in soup.
Grown since: 2006 | In-season: November to July