40-Year Partnership Hauls in New Tractors for Farm Attraction
The working farm at Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah in Northern NSW is getting a revving, with four new Kubota tractors joining the farm for 2017, bringing their total haul to six.
After purchasing six Kubota tractors in the last 12 months from Tweed business, Noel Graham Farm Machinery, Tropical Fruit World General Manager, Aymon Gow, said the top range tractors were a welcome addition to the 175 acre farm.
“We are continuously building the quality of our farm attraction at Tropical Fruit World and the output of our working farm,” said Mr Gow.
“The latest additions to our machinery family will allow us to do so.
“Noel Graham Farm Machinery have looked after the farm and tour machinery at Tropical Fruit World for 40 years. As a family owned and operated business ourselves, we believe in shopping local and supporting local business to keep our region thriving.
“Noel and Malcom have always provided great service and we’re proud of the partnership we’ve built with them over the past four decades.”
Mr Gow said the quality Kubota machinery would assist the farm’s employees with general maintenance and harvesting efforts – as well as provide a major drawcard for visitors to Tropical Fruit World.
Renowned for outstanding performance, reliability, versatility and reducing environmental impact, Kubota has been a leader in the Australian tractor marketplace for 40 years.
In 2016 Tropical Fruit World also sponsored the local community Surf Lifesaving Club at Cabarita with the purchase of another Kubota tractor.
Monkey Pot Tree Bears Fruit After 25 Years
History has been made at Tropical Fruit World in Duranbah, Northern NSW, with the farm’s rare Monkey Pot Tree planted more than 25 years ago finally bearing fruit.
The tree was originally planted by Tropical Fruit World founder Bob Brinsmead more than two decades ago, and has been one of only two specimens planted on the farm in its more than 30 year history to not bear fruit – until now.
Discovered by staff on the farm, the unusually shaped fruit containing seeds which are rich in oil, was cracked open to reveal the seeds inside.
“We’ve always had a particular interest in this tree, which has never flowered,” said Aymon Gow, General Manager.
“However with some unusual climate conditions over the past 12 months, it has finally done so, with more fruit expected to mature in the coming months.”
A tropical tree in the Brazil nut family, Lecythis Pisonis typically grows in the rainforest in eastern tropical America, particularly in Brazil.
The fruit usually takes 11 – 12 months to ripen, and has a tight fitting lid that bursts open when it matures. Shaped like a cooking pot, the fruit contains edible seeds which are rich in oil.
Reddish brown in colour, the seeds are oval in shape, and generally up to 5cm long. Their shell is thicker but less firm than Brazil nuts, and they have a somewhat better flavour.
The name comes from an old proverb “a wise old monkey doesn’t stick its hand into a pot”, referring to the fact that a young monkey may plunge its hand into the container and not be able to withdraw the fistful of nuts, whereas a wise old monkey will remove the nuts one at a time.
Oil from the seeds is used in Brazil for making soap, and is also burnt as a source of light.
Tropical Fruit World Celebrates Aussie Avocados with #AvoWeek
The avocado wars might be raging in the major supermarkets, but everyone’s favourite toast topper is still available in abundance at Tropical Fruit World, in Duranbah off the Tweed coast of Northern NSW.
To raise awareness of the availability of locally grown varieties, the farm attraction is hosting Avo Week from 3 – 9 October.
“All week we’ll be sharing tips, tricks and recipes, featuring all things avo on our website and social media pages,” said Aymon Gow, General Manager at Tropical Fruit World.
“From when to pick a ripe avocado, to the perfect recipe for avocado salsa, we’re aiming to keep Australian avocados top of mind for our visitors and the wider community.
“Importantly, we want consumers to know that we still have plenty of Australian, locally grown avocado varieties coming straight from our farm, so they can continue to buy local and support our Aussie farmers.”
While Hass and Shepard avocados are commonly found on supermarket shelves, the lesser known and larger Linda variety is grown and sold at Tropical Fruit World, with a slightly different seasonal availability.
The fruit market is open from 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week. Phone (02) 6677 7222 for more information.
Mango season springs early at Tropical Fruit World!
The first mangoes of the season have landed early at Tropical Fruit World.
Boasting a tray of generous sized mangoes, the farm attraction has taken the early lead on the much anticipated season, which typically runs from late September through to March.
The first trays haven’t even begun to appear in supermarkets yet, but the early arrivals mark the start of what is set to be another bumper season for mangoes, with conditions ripe for bearing the much-loved fruit.
These particular Kensington Pride mangoes are Australian grown and will sell for around $7 each, until supply starts to pick up and prices reduce.
We do grow more than 40 different varieties of mangoes on the farm here at Tropical Fruit World, however in the subtropics we won’t have our own homegrown varieties available until later in the season.
In the meantime, for those that can’t wait to get their mango fix, try your luck from our fruit market which is open daily – although we do expect they will sell out quickly.
Time to freshen up?
A little too much celebrating over recent weeks? Time to refresh and rehydrate with healthy, delicious fruit infused waters, and enjoy these benefits:
- Banish dehydration which is known to be linked to headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pain. Infusing your water with fruits, herbs and flowers not only adds flavour, but also provides essential vitamins that help your body;
- Control appetite, prevent heartburn, regulate blood sugar, and improve immunity;
- Boost your energy, especially good after an intense workout;
- Encourage young children to increase their daily water intake;
Create a batch of your favourite fruit combo in a large pitcher and allow to infuse in the fridge for up to 8 hours.
Try these fruity ideas:
Anti-inflammatory: Pineapple and Mint
Skin Cleanse: Rosemary, Orange and Lime
Weight Loss: Cucumber and Jalapeno
Rehydration: Cucumber, Basil and Blood Orange
New Year Detox: Lemon and Green Tea
Just Because: Strawberry, Lemonade Fruit and Mint
Inspiration: Naomi Mackenzie, blackdoctor.orgLead image: greenblender.com