Grow­ers’ pro­duce ‘de­li­cious’

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - FROM PAGE 1

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.

Picture: Cecilia Allen

Farm man­ager Paddy El­ph­ick is thrilled Omega Pre­mium Wal­nuts has been se­lected as a win­ner in the De­li­cious Pro­duce Awards.

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