They have been held in high regard by Indigenous peoples for medicinal purposes for centuries, and now, this unique fruit bursting with flavour and character is making itself known on the menus of many restaurants right here on the Capricorn Coast in Central Queensland.
Bearing the nickname ‘caviar limes’, the Australian native finger lime has found a 133-acre home at The Salty Lime Co on Emu Park Road, sitting high in the hills overlooking the stunning Southern Great Barrier Reef, and immersing their fruity goodness among romance and love at the popular wedding venue.
Prized for their attractive internal colour and flavoursome juicy capsules boasting vitamin-c-rich qualities, this season’s awaited harvest of the slow-growing stubby fingers has been extremely successful, with thousands of finger limes currently being picked daily by the team at The Salty Lime Co.
The family-owned farm, established in 2013, is the love child of locals Roxanne and Luke Hinton, who knew that the perfect sub-tropical climate of central Queensland would work in their favour when grafting the distinctive citrus.
“When we moved to the 300-acre block of land, we saw the potential of harvesting something on the nutrient-rich land, and thought – why not finger limes?” Luke said.
“There is so much potential with this little antioxidant, and they literally burst in your mouth, guaranteeing a taste explosion that is refreshing and memorable.”
“They make for a great seafood or cocktail garnish, so in turn, we have been able to supply many Capricorn Coast restaurants with fresh local produce, providing their guests with a true farm-to-fork experience,” Luke said.
“We have also been experimenting with many desserts and marmalades, and because the fruit is so jam-packed with flavour and boldness, not a lot is required to create a great tasting dish.”
As part of the Taste Capricorn Coast food trail, which was a Livingstone Shire Council and Capricorn Enterprise initiative funded by the Australian Government Bushfire Recovery fund, The Salty Lime Co joins 45 growers, makers, eateries, and retailers, in helping the local community to discover the finest produce the Capricorn Coast has to offer.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll is pleased to see more and more local food making its mark on local menus.
“Research has shown that 93% of travellers now seek unique and memorable food and drink experiences, and The Salty Lime Co, as part of Taste Capricorn Coast, is satisfying this need and highlighting the fresh produce that comes directly out of this region,” Mary said.
“Local food is now a mainstream trend, with more people seeking fresh, local options and more restaurants sourcing locally grown ingredients.”
With only two weeks left of picking, now is the perfect time to grab your bag of Byron Sunrise pink finger limes from The Salty Lime Co.
“They can be purchased directly from the farm on Emu Park Road, Doblo’s in Rockhampton or from our friends at The Alley in Yeppoon for as little as $20 per bag,” Roxanne said.
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