Cape Trib Farm is a place where you can sample indigenous fruits and exotic tropical fruits that are visually stunning and will definitely extend your taste repertoire.
One of the indigenous fruits is the Davidson Plum which is listed on Slow Food’s (www.slowfood.com) Ark of Taste (https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/what-we-do/the-ark-of-taste/) that endeavours to list and preserve native and endangered foods.
Davidsonia is a genus containing three rainforest tree species native to Australia, that are commonly known as the Davidson or Davidson’s plum. The fruits superficially resemble the European plum but are not closely related.
A bombshell of colour and intense clean, tart flavour, Davidson Plum has become a favourite bushfood fruit in the kitchen. The plum-shaped fruit grows in clusters along the stem of a tall tree, ripening in early summer, usually December to early January.
Of the 70 possible exotic tropical and seasonal fruits that you can taste do not miss the following!
Recorded as a fruit that is almost universally eaten. The sap from this plant was used as the base for chewing gum. When burned, the wood gives off an aroma of incense.
The fruit is shaped like an egg with rough, brown skin when ripe, which protects the grainy yellow fruit inside. Very rich, sweet caramel taste. Some varieties have a slightly gritty texture of a pear. Absolutely delicious!
Originates from Central America.
Yellow Dragon Fruit
Yellow dragon fruit’s taste can best be described as mild and sweet with floral notes, bearing some resemblance to kiwifruit or cactus pear. The flesh also a slight crunch that’s somewhat softer than that of watermelon. It is smooth and leaves a refreshing taste! It also looks exotic!
There are dozens more to try!
If you are planning on travelling into Far North Queensland (FNQ), Cape Trib Farm (https://www.capetribfarm.com.au) is a must see. Not only are the fruits exotic but this farm bordered by World Heritage Listed ‘Cape Tribulation National Park’ and beachfront is a tropical paradise. The hospitality was wonderful. Jeremy was very generous with his time offering us detailed explanations of the fruits and all aspects of the farm including the way he and his wife Merran plan to learn more about the use regenerative agricultural practices such as bio char. Jeremy and Merran want to protect the soil for future generations and certainly follow the Good and Clean principles of Slow Food (www.slowfood.com). Their passion for protecting biodiversity (https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/our-themes/biodiversity/) ensures the sustainability of this exotic tropical fruit farm in FNQ.
The story of the evolution of this orchard is inspirational.
Built up over 40 years of serious hard work by Colin and Dawn Gray the orchard is currently in the capable hands of second generation fruit farmers Jeremy and Merran (daughter of Colin and Dawn) with a third generation, Jeremy and Merran’s sons, Samuel and Jordan, who are now part of the farm team of fruit producers.
Today, Cape Trib Farm retains its heritage, with an ever-increasing variety of fruits being grown. It continues to pioneer tropical and exotic fruits in Australia. It seems that although Colin, now 88 years old, has retired and moved away from the farm he just cannot stay away and is often seen on the cherry picker, examining the trees, grafting fruit trees and generally working around the farm.
70 different varieties of fruit are grown on the property, with specialties including Durian, Mangosteen, Rambutan, Chempadek, Soursop, Mamey Sapote, Black Sapote, Abiu, Pitaya, Maprang and the famous Miracle Fruit. What started as a hobby, with some varieties only having one or two individual specimens on the property, has translated into a commercial orchard. Major crops currently include Mangosteen, Rambutan and Breadfruit, which are wholesaled into Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth city markets. They also send Durian, Duku/ Langsat and Chempadek to the southern markets in smaller volumes.
The abundance and diversity of fresh exotic and possibly relatively unknown tropical fruits is quite mesmerizing. Breakfast includes a wonderful selection of seasonal tropical fruits and at times there are fruit tasting tours where it is possible to touch, taste and smell some of the 70 different types of weird and wonderful tropical fruits. Five cabins nestled amongst the orchard provide the perfect immersion in an orchard and nearby rainforest experience.
The family genuinely love sharing their knowledge with others. This is not to be missed.