Tipperary fruit grower Con Traas has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Food Writers Guild.
When Willem and Ali Traas moved to Ireland forty years ago, generations of the Traas family had been growing fruit for a few hundred years. Land was scarce in The Netherlands at that time and they came to Ireland in search of land to establish an orchard.
Today their son, Con, grows 40 acres of fruit: 60 varieties of apple, seven types of soft fruit, four types of plum, three types of cherry and two types of pear.
The Guild honoured Con Traas with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his on-going dedication to the Irish Apple Growers Association and the promotion of Irish apples.
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