Vegetable seeds from Rijk Zwaan

  • Vegetable seeds for professional growers

  • Varieties bred for growing in South Africa

  • Thoroughly selected and tested

Christof's story

Patensie Acht Boerdery

The business started 25 years ago by Herman and Mari Malan. Since then Herman and Mari's daughter, Hanna-Mari and her husband Christof moved back to the farm in 2009. The farm is situated in Patensie, Eastern Cape.


Denomination of new official downy mildew races in lettuce
On 1 July, the European committee of the International Bremia Evaluation Board (IBEB-EU) published three widely occurring new variants of downy mildew in lettuce: Bl:38EU, Bl:39EU and Bl:40EU. A considerable number of Rijk Zwaan’s current lettuce varieties are resistant to these three new races.
Tatayoyo® wins Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2023
The new snack pepper brand Tatayoyo has won the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2023! We at Rijk Zwaan are extremely honoured for this recognition of fresh produce professionals’ enthusiasm for Tatayoyo.
Rugose Defense improves the reliability
Rijk Zwaan launches first tomato varieties with high resistance against ToBRFV
The Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus or ToBRFV has been causing major economic losses in tomato cultivation worldwide. Rijk Zwaan’s team of researchers found new, unique genetics resulting in a high resistance level to ToBRFV.


In our quest for new and improved varieties, we take trends and demographic developments into account to identify the right priorities.
Why Rijk Zwaan

Win-win situations

We regard our customers as our partners and we strive to create win-win situations and the formation of long term partnerships.