J.W. Kirkwood Ticehurst Orchard
Our Brand is Red Night and our orchard has over 90 000 fruit trees across 120 hectares, making it the largest stone fruit orchard in southern Tasmania.
Our list includes cherries, peaches, and nectarines, plums and apricots. We are home to everybody’s favourite apricot, the Moorpark and the green gages plum.
Planting will see apples, pears and blueberries produced in the next couple of years. During the harvest season (December to March) we have shed door sales of high quality and market quality fruit. We also sell fruit for jam.
Ticehurst is an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) Accredited Export Packing Shed (Establishment No. 4075). J.W. Kirkwood P/L has made significant investments at Ticehurst Orchard to ensure a dependable and reliable delivery of stone fruit. With three separate specialised grading systems specifically designed for cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums, each system contains state-of-the art cooling to remove excess heat from the fruit immediately after being picked. This modern infrastructure has attracted additional growers to hire the use of the packing shed for their own fruit.
The peak season for cherries is in the summer. In Australia, they are usually at their peak around December time
The Greengage was developed in Moissac France, from a green-fruited wild plum originally found in Asia Minor. It is identified by its small, oval shape and smooth-textured flesh, and ranges in colour from green to yellow. It is considered to be one of the finest dessert plums.
Ticehurst Orchard uses an Ozone system for water sanitation, coupled with the use of Bioconservacion™ long life bags to ensure our fruit arrives fresh.