Fruit pop­u­lar­ity spreads

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

AC­QUIRED TASTE: Bodibo Benjamin and Stigy Stephen, from Pa­pua New Guinea, pick­ing cumquats at Rose­wood Cit­rus. CUMQUATS are a sour lit­tle fruit that has been a money maker at Rose­wood Cit­rus for years.

Farm owner Allen Jenkin said he planted three va­ri­eties of cumquats about six or seven years ago.

“We planted them for a jam-maker who wanted to buy large quan­ti­ties of the fruit ev­ery year and he never bought one,” he said.

“By the time it came around to make the jam he must have changed his mind and was mak­ing some­thing else.”

The three va­ri­eties planted at the Grosvenor farm are Cala­m­ondin, Nagami and Niwa, which are all use­ful for dif­fer­ent pur­poses.

Although all are very sour, if eaten with the skin on it makes the fruit sweeter.

Farm manager Hugh Tully said he had only a few rows of cumquat trees but they pro­duced a lot of fruit and they kept two pick­ers work­ing for weeks.

“They are quick and easy to pick and they travel well from the farm to the mar­ket,” Mr Tully said.

“The mar­ket for the cumquats is in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane, where the Asian pop­u­la­tion snap them up.”

Mr Jenkin said the trend at the mo­ment was pre­serv­ing fruits.

“This lit­tle gem is a treat to pre­serve and has many uses,” he said. “It is also a very dec­o­ra­tive fruit when pre­served and is great to add to a pro­duce dis­play.”

Cumquats, also spelt kumquats, are a na­tive of south Asia and the Asia-Pa­cific.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

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