Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Zee Sweet®?

A. Zee Sweet® is a brand name for a specially bred range of fruit with a very sweet flavour. This range includes white-fleshed peaches and nectarines, yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines and Pluot® brand interspecific plums.

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Q. What does 'natural fruit sugar' mean?

A. In general, the amount of natural fruit sugar in a piece of fruit is firstly dependent on the parents of each cultivar and also relates to the amount of direct sun each piece of fruit receives. The more direct sun contact, the higher the level of natural fruit sugar.
Generally fruit borne higher in the tree where there is more sun contact is sweeter than fruit from the shaded areas of the tree.

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Q. What is 'natural acid level' in fruit?

A. Natural acid level is the amount of tartness in the taste. A piece of fruit is considered to have a high natural acid level when there is a high level of tartness present.

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Q. What does 'interspecific' mean?

A. Interspecific is a term used to designate a cross between two species within a genus. In the case of an interspecific plum it signifies that a plum has been crossed with another species in the same Prunus genus. E.g. Prunus salicina (plum) x Prunus armeniaca (apricot).

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Q. What is meant by Pluot® brand?


A. The word Pluot® has been trade marked. Fruit described under the Pluot® brand has resulted in having many years of cross breeding in its pedigree. It is a hybrid cross which has mostly plum in the parentage, with some apricot.

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Q. What is a cultivar?


A. The word cultivar is the correct botanical name for a cultivated variety i.e. not occurring in the wild.

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Q. How can I purchase Zee Sweet® trees?


A. Zee Sweet trees are restricted to commercial growers who sign a Zee Sweet Growers Agreement to return production royalties to Zee Sweet Pty Ltd. A minimum tree purchase is required.
A signed Non-Propagation Agreement is also required before delivery of trees. Further particulars are available by ringing (03) 9999 1999 or faxing (03) 5967 4645.

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Q. How can I purchase Zee Sweet® fruit?


A. This answer varies and is dependent on whether the fruit is required by a fruit agent, a fruit exporter, a fruit retailer or a home consumer.
(a) Agents, exporters and retailers
There are a number of authorized Zee Sweet® agents and exporters in each major Australian market. Further particulars are available by ringing (03) 9999 1999 or faxing (03) 5967 4645.
(b) Home consumers should ask their local supermarket produce manager or fruit shop for Zee Sweet® brand fruit during the Australian summer period.

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Q. Does Zee Sweet® Pty Ltd have new cultivars coming into the program in the future?


A. Yes. There are many new and exciting cultivars in development and as soon as any improved cultivars of stonefruit are proven to be worthy of the Zee Sweet® brand name, they will be added to the range.

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