Born from an initiative of Christian Wiehe to create an orchard of historical collection, today there are about fifty hectares of commercial orchards that are located in the heart of the Domaine de Labourdonnais, in Mapou, in the north of the island. Nearly two thousand tons of fruit are produced annually and then processed into a range of authentic products.
“Les Vergers de Labourdonnais” is one of the first orchards in Mauritius. About ten fruits, including mangoes, passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, guavas, lychees, citrus, and other citrus fruits, are grown there all year round. The managers at that time were visionary and had the idea of turning to the fruit processing market.
In 1995, the brand was created and production began with five flavors of fruit pastes and four types of jams. With “innovation” as motto, the company diversified its activities and started manufacturing fresh fruit juices, sorbets, ice creams and chili pepper paste with fruit.
Initially, the products of the Orchards of Labourdonnais are offered to the hotel sector. Today, this market is one of the business’ largest customers. But then, in order to pass on its products to Mauritians, it redirects part of its production to the island’s supermarkets.
On reaching the Labourdonnais estate, it is possible to get to know the surroundings by VTT or simply walking. A guided visit is available. There are many fruit trees, but also perfumed exotic flowers. During the walk in the gardens, visitors will have the opportunity to stop in a park where giant Aldabra turtles graze quietly. At the end of the visit, you can enjoy a meal at La Terrasse which is on the property itself. Meals vary from local cuisine to international dishes.