Best season to travel to South Africa

Wild Medlar

Come in season to explore the wild tastes of South Africa

Best time: January–April

Wild Medlar

South Africa is blessed with indigenous fruits and wild medlar (Vangueria infausta) is one of them. It is eaten raw by people and wild animals and can also be made into juices, alcoholic beverages, sauces and vinegar. Drying fruit is also appropriate for long-term storage to meet the needs out of season.

Harvesting may start as early as October or November, but the best time to eat the ripe fruit is from January to April.You can find wild medlar in forests and rocky or sandy areas within the provinces of Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, North West and Northern Cape—pretty much everywhere.