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Written by Viti Shoakes, Northland Business Review   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009

sea grape plant

Landco has a strong interest in vineyards as well as residential developments, and is leveraging its existing viticultural expertise to create New Zealand's first sea-grape vineyard.

The sea-grape (Coccoloba uvifera), a flowering plant native to North and South America, ideally suits the frost-free, salt-laden dunes of the Ngunguru sandspit.

"We've been very pleased with the results from our our growing, harvesting and processing trials. Market-testing of the results under the label Ngunguru Sands has shown that the product is very popular," said LandCo spokesperson Abril Primeira.

Russell Fransham, a local commercial grower of subtropicals, was approached for comment. He was unaware that the sea-grape had been brought into the country, and expressed concern that it could become a weed, crowding out native sand-dune plants in the same way that the introduced marram grass had.

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