It is true, the website has been pretty static of late, my apologies. Where have I been, mostly, on holidays, yay!
We made our way to Queensland for a week. It was nice to take a break from Hobart’s temperamental Autumn weather, to the 28C days, and 20ish nights of Southern Queensland. I think I could get used to that. I forget how good a break from the daily grind can be, and after a few days, I was even able to switch of from thinking about work, money and all of those annoying little things, and was able to take some time to just be…. how Zen of me 🙂
I didn’t forget you guys though, so I took some pics and have some things to share with you.
This post, i’ll let you in on a secret little place that we like to go to, located in between the Gold Coast and Byron bay, probably about 40 mins from either. The place that I am talking about is Tropical Fruit World. Sounds like an amazing wonderland, doesn’t it?
The shop at Tropical Fruit World is a must stop location for the fruit lover. They stock a range of delicious tropical fruit that at least, here in Tassie, one can never experience. On this stop, we picked up Custard Apples (our usual Queensland staple), Guava, Yellow Dragon Fruit, Avocado (another staple), Sapote, Star Fruit, Passionfruit, Mango, Paw Paw and a larger relative of the Custard Apple, the name of which I forgot. The shop also stocks tropical fruit plants which really, just serves to frustrate me 🙂
I do recommend the shop, but, as a disclaimer, we have never been on any of the tours etc. on offer and cannot vouch for them. I would suggest that you check out trip adviser or alike to get an idea as to whether that is something for you.
So that you know what you were missing, I’ll describe some of the more uncommon fruits that we picked up this time around.
Firstly, the Custard Apple. In my opinion, a good Custard Apple is hard to beat. The flesh is like its namesake, a custard texture, sweet, mellow and I dont know, fruity I guess. My pathetic vocabulary does not do it justice 🙂
The relative of the Custard Apple (the one cut open in the pics, which was actually the smallest one available) was as delicious as custard apple, and very similar, but perhaps with, a touch more fruity tang.
The Sapote (the coral? coloured fruit), not my favourite tropical fruit, has a taste and texture that is somewhat hard to describe. The texture I guess could be described like a hard Pear which has been stewed, therefore, still a little grainy and firm, without flowing juice. The taste, I don’t know… it reminds me maybe again of stewed Pear, and, reminds me a little of the fruit known as Medlar, which is an interesting fruit in its own right. (I know… worst description ever.)
Star Fruit (I’ll give you 3 guess which one it is in the pic) is a surprising fruit. To look at it with its interesting shape and waxy skin, one might think that it may be all looks with little substance. It is however, a sweet refreshing fruit with a crunchy but juicy enough texture.
The Guava. I can’t really bring myself to try to form the words and sentences required to, let’s face it… poorly and boringly describe it, so maybe… google it 🙂
The yellow Dragon Fruit (the yellow spiky one) was probably my best new find this trip. I spent many years wondering about the taste of regular old red Dragon Fruit, but the prices in southern Australia were such that I was never able to bring myself to purchase one to try. I finally got to try it a few years back, and, I must admit I was disappointed at the taste, which I found to be bland and watery.
I overheard the shop keeper describe the yellow Dragon Fruit as being totally different from the red, so, I had to give it a go. I was not disappointed. The flesh was firm, crunchy (from the seeds), refreshing and suitably sweet. I tool the liberty of collecting some seed, and painstakingly removing the surrounding pulp by soaking the seeds in water overnight, causing the pulp to swell, and then, probably looking like a hamster with a crack problem, rolling the seeds around my mouth, scraping the pulp off with my teeth.
The end result, a dozen or so seeds that I hope to grow. For those who don’t know, Dragon fruit is the fruit of a cactus. Although cacti are often slow growing from seed, years ago I learned the mysterious secrets of cacti grafting which greatly increases growth of cacti seedlings. I may share this information with you as the seeds grow…unfortunately, I will then have to kill you all 😉
Below: A Pawpaw, growing on the side of a street
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