Growers’ produce ‘delicious’
OMEGA Premium Walnuts and Pemberton Finger Limes have both been crowned winners at the Statewide Delicious Produce Awards.
Omega Premium Walnuts, Western Australia’s first large scale grower of walnuts, operates two orchards, a fully certified organic one in Nannup and the other, a traditionally managed farm in Manjimup.
Farm manager Paddy Elphick said it was wonderful the company had been recognised for its quality product.
This harvest has produced close to 40 tonnes of walnuts — which is expected to increase next year — and once dried they will be cracked and bagged.
While the company sells to the local market at the moment, other markets are always being explored, Mr Elphick said.
Mr Elphick said the company had a focus on producing a quality product throughout the process from earth to the shelf, including careful handling.
“We’ve recently designed and built a cracking machine, which minimises damage to the outer membrane of the walnut, which keeps it fresh,” he said.
Pemberton Finger Limes owner Jill Baker said demand had consistently grown for finger limes since they sold their first harvest in 2011.
Mrs Baker said in the beginning, a major part of the process was education because a lot of people did not know what they were. “They taste great,” she said. “We’re thrilled to bits to be awarded a State winner.”
Pemberton Finger Limes was also nominated for the award in 2012 and 2014.
The State winners’ produce is blind-tasted by a national panel of judges who decide the overall category winners in June.
The Delicious Awards are well regarded by producers, chefs and food media.
Farm manager Paddy Elphick is thrilled Omega Premium Walnuts has been selected as a winner in the Delicious Produce Awards.