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Chris Nathanael, Trop­i­cul­ture, Bees Creek, North­ern Ter­ri­tory

In his nurs­ery and or­chard at Bees Creek, 35 kilo­me­tres from Dar­win, Chris grows more than 200 va­ri­eties of fruit, in­clud­ing 25 dif­fer­ent man­goes. His favourite? The Thai va­ri­ety Nam Doc Mai. “It’s sold as a green mango, but when it’s ripe, it’s heaven.” Chris bought the eight-hectare block in 1972 and was pro­duc­ing by 1978. He’d moved to Dar­win from Mel­bourne to work as a ra­dio an­nouncer in 1962 and “went nuts over all this weird fruit”. At the nurs­ery’s Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket­place, ripe fruit is put out on a tast­ing ta­ble for peo­ple to try: if they like it, they can buy it. 110 Horne Road, Bees Creek, NT. (08) 8988 1119.

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