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WHAT WE GROW

WATERMELoN

Fresh, sweet and juicy. Nothing tastes like summer more than a refreshing slice of watermelon. Not only do they taste good, but they’re also a healthy antioxidant, packed full of vitamin A.

At LeaderBrand we grow two types: the large, striped jubilee variety, and the smaller, sweeter micro-seeded variety

LEADERBRAND WATERMELON GISBORNE landscape with tractor
LOCATION

WHERE DO THEY GROW?

Watermelon love the sun, so we grow ours at our Gisborne farm. The hot temperatures and long hours of sunshine provide the best growing conditions.

Make the most of watermelon while it’s in season, which is usually from mid-January until March

OUR PROCESS

HOW DO WE GROW IT?

To make sure our watermelons are fresh and delicious, we follow a few important steps:

  1. Depending on the variety, we’ll either grow seedlings in our nursery for 4 to 6 weeks and then transplant them when they’re ready, or sow seeds directly into the ground.
  2. Our watermelons tend to grow for around three months until they are ready for harvesting. While they’re growing, we use an environmentally friendly trickle irrigation system to give them a steady stream of water and nutrients .
  3. We hand harvest our watermelons when they’re ready, looking out for visual clues like even striping and colour to see how ripe they are.
  4. To make sure every watermelon is top-quality, we constantly cut them open to check for colour and taste. The perfect watermelon should be a nice shade of pink or red and taste a little sweet.
  5. As soon as our watermelons are harvested, we wash them, grade, size and pack them into large bins ready for transport directly to your local supermarket.
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OUR PRODUCTS

LEADERBRAND WATERMELON

WATERMELON

Juicy, colourful and delicious, there’s no summertime fruit quite like watermelon.

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LeaderBrand runs its own independently verified food safety programme.

The programme incorporates internationally recognised standards of agricultural production, product safety, traceability and record-keeping.

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 30
Protein (g) 0.6
Fat, total (g) 0.2
– saturated (g) 0
Carbohydrate (g) 7.6
– sugars (g) 6.2
Fibre (g) 0.4
Sodium (mg) 1

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research.

LEADERBRAND WATERMELON & CHILLI SALAD WITH LIME DRESSING RECIPE
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