Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Text Size

Other Crops

Other Crops

RATEL FARMING also produces crops other than essential oils.  These crops are also all registered as organic with BCS-Oko Guarantie in Germany.  These crops are OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL, HONEY, APRICOTS and the seeds of the SUTHERLANDIA bush.




Rockhaven Farm produces organic, virgin cold-pressed olive oil which is sold off the farm.  We produce a small quanitity of table olives as well.  We use mainly Mission and Frantoio varieties for the oil.  The table olives are Mission and Kalamata .  Our oldest trees are ten years old.

Read more: Olives



honeyRockhaven also produces small quantities of raw honey that is registered as organic and which is certified as badger friendly by WWF.  This makes us one of the few honey producers in South Africa to achieve overseas organic certification.

The honey is harvested, spun out and bottles on the farm as a pure and raw organic honey.  

The honey is mainly sold off the farm, although orders can be placed and collected in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

Read more: Honey



apricotsRockhaven farm has a large number of old apricot trees, dating back to the time when this fruit was farmed intensively (mainly as dried fruit) on the farm (which makes these trees around 20 years old). 

The orchards have been rehabilitated and we now get a crop of organic apricots every year, with harvesting taking place in the first week of December.

Guests are welcome to join us during the harvest.  The fruit is always abundant and full of flavour.   We sell to local supermarkets and keep back a large quantity for jam as well.

Read more: Apricots



sutherlandiaSutherlandia (sutherlandia frutescens) is an indigenous bush known locally as "kankerbos" (cancer bush).

The plant has traditional medicinal qualities, used to treat a variety of ailments. Sutherlandia is now a commercially recognised product and is available in pill and capsule form from all of the major homeopathic producers.

Read more: Sutherlandia


Cape Mountain Oils © Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved