History

  • Immigrants brought it to SA in the early 1650’s.
  • Burbank types (21) – imported in 1914 (thornless types).
  • It was considered for decades as a drought fodder crop under extensive conditions.
  • During the last 15 years – the focus was on fruit production.
  • Last decade – Cladode production under semi-intensive conditions.
  • 42 varieties available in South Africa