Welcome to the Heritage Fruits Society

About the Heritage Fruits Society

The Heritage Fruits Society is a not-for-profit group based in Melbourne, Australia. Our aim is to conserve heritage fruit varieties (also known as 'heirloom fruits') on private and public land.

We enable and encourage society members to research this wide range of varieties and to inform the public on the benefits of heritage fruits for health, sustainability and biodiversity.
You can read about our history here.
You can find our list of heritage apples here.

Antique Apple Tastings

The Heritage Fruits Society Antique Apple Tastings will be held at Petty's Orchard on the first Sunday and third Saturday of every month from February to May 2015.

President's report for the year ending June 2014

(Tabled at the AGM on 23rd November 2014)

This year has been a successful one for the Society.

  •  We successfully introduced a series of tastings as compared to the single tasting day held in past years.
  • We sold surplus fruit at an organic greengrocer, selling approximately 150kg of fruit, with potential to sell more.
  • We set up a nursery to grow rootstock and newly grafted trees in a rabbit-proof environment after a trial in a member’s backyard demonstrated that one-year-old trees could be readily sold year round and were sought after by customers.
  • We continued to use the large hail net to cover rows 8 and 9, resulting in less bird damage and therefore more fruit to sell.
  • We continued our partnership with Werribee Park Heritage Orchard, taking apples for tasting to their budding day in February, and selling our scion at their grafting day.
  • We have begun a process of replacing dead trees, reducing multiply-grafted trees, and expanding the varieties grown at Pettys. (currently in the nursery there are over 50 trees of varieties not in the orchard).

Petty's Orchard

Petty's Orchard in Templestowe, Victoria, Australia, is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, and it holds the largest collection of heritage/heirloom apple varieties on mainland Australia, with more than two hundred varieties of old and rare apples. The maintenance of the apple tree collection is done by Heritage Fruits Society volunteers. Anyone can come and help. Find out more!

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Visit Yarra Organics @ Petty's Orchard
Organic Shop and Cafe
open Fridays and Saturdays 9am - 5:30pm
and Sundays 10am - 4:30pm.

Upcoming events

All are welcome to our events!

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