Just the name of it makes your mouth water.
I have known about the existence of the exotic fruit farm for quite some time now. I had actually read about it in an in flight magazine. And ever since, I have wanted to go there. Our trip up to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation finally gave me the opportunity. ( Check out our complete guide to travel to Cape Tribulation for more information. )
The Cape Tribulation Fruit Farm is not an attraction that you can just rock up to. They only offer visits once a day in the high season, and less often in the low season. You will also need to book ahead. The fruit farms main purpose is growing fruit for sale to supermarkets in Australia, and only have time to offer guided tours at specific times. However, if you want a more immersed experience with these weird and wild exotic fruit, you can stay at the exotic fruit farm bed and breakfast.
The tour takes place in a small pavillion. Our guide started out by telling us the story of how the fruit farm started. The farm is run by couple Alison and Digby and grows over 100 varieties of tropical fruits from around the world. Most of these fruits did not prove economical for transport and sale, but Alison and Digby still keep a few trees of each fruit in order to share their passion with visitors to the region.
During the tour you will get to sample 10 different tropical fruits… which fruits will all depend on what is available and ripe on the day you visit… it could be anything! The day that I visited, pretty much everything was new to me! And some of these fruits were absolutely amazing… it’s sad that I can not find them anywhere else!
The Black Sapote, which turns into black mush when ripe was like eating thick dark custard. And with a bit of lime squeezed over top of it…. amazing. The Abiu is divine. It takes like caramelized sugar. Don’t bite into it though, near to the skin of the fruit is a latex like substance which is not water soluble!
The Rollinia was my favourite! The soft flesh was like pudding and was amazingly soft and sweet. It was like eating cheese cake. But the delicate fruit is impossible to sell commercially as even the gentlest of squeezes of bumps will dramatically bruise the fruit inside. Even it’s own weight resting on a table can cause this delicate fruit to become damaged.
Once we had learned about (and sampled) each fruit, one by one, we had a few minutes to attack all the left over pieces left over on the table. MMMM, I couldn’t stay away from the Rollinia.
The tour concludes with a tour of the orchards where you can see the different trees where your previous snack has come from, and which also gives you an opportunity to learn about some of Alison and Digby’s ingenious ways of coping with the unique climate up in the Daintree – such as planting cover instead of the grass, which eliminates many many hours of mowing.
Things you need to know
- Tours run at 2 pm
- In high season the tours run every day, during low season they run three days a week
- For a more immersed experience, consider staying at their bed and breakfast
- Tours cost $25 per adult