AUGUST 1999 NEWSLETTER
WEATHER REPORT - much drier
FRUIT - Durian
has flowers for the first time
FRUIT TASTING - Ducks becoming the
FARM ACTIVITIES - Nothing much
RECIPE - Jakfruit Upside-Down
BED and BREAKFAST -
the poles are in at last!
WEATHER REPORT FOR JULY
Facts and figures provided by Gail and Cliff Truelove at
the Pilgrim Sands Weather Centre, operating since 1982.
July has been another windy month which has made it unpleasant
for the boaties. It's unusual for the wind to be so consistently
strong, although not unheard of. The month began and ended with
a wet spell but overall was again much drier than normal with the
total of 69.9mm being half the average of 139.9mm. Rain fell on
13 days with the 9th getting the "Golden Gumboot" award
Temperatures were slightly cooler than average. Maximum
was 24.3 compared with 24.7 degrees C (not much in it) and minimum
was 18.7degrees C compared with 19.6 (slightly cooler nights).
The warmest day was 15th with 26.5 and the coolest nights
were 12th and 13th both being a shivery 16degrees C. I suppose all
the southerners and northern hemispherers are falling about laughing
but just wait until you acclimatize!
FLOWERING, WHATS BEING HARVESTED
The exciting news is that the two Durian trees have finished
flowering and small miniature fruit can be seen - about 10 altogether
will they grow into real fruit or rot and fall off? We are
not counting our Durians yet!
The Rollinia trees that survived the cyclone, including
one that fell over and is now growing horizontally have produced
a good crop of Rollinias which are now green and the size of an
orange. Another month will see them ready to eat.
The Mamey Sapotes are scratching yellow but taking ages
to soften there is a large crop waiting to be picked but
they wont be ready for another few weeks.
We have picked our first Abius for some months fairly
small fruit but very tasty and the trees are now in full bloom again.
We transplanted two 15 year old Jaboticabas last season
from another orchard which was going to chop them down. The shift
seems to have worked out and there are now flower buds forming on
the branches of one tree. Great joy.
The hand pollinating of
Salaks with Javan male pollen seems to be working, with Salak
flowers setting fruit through the orchard. We are finding about
10 flowers on average each week for pollination. Walking around
the orchard we look for the bright hot pink flowers located at the
base of the palm. Sometimes the flower is hidden beneath the sheath,
but we are getting rather good at identifying the swelling bud of
the flower in time, before it withers and dies.
We have been averaging 20 25 people for the tasting,
but it is starting to fade now in mid-August. The farm ducks have
become part of the act as they fight over the Jakfruit remnants
its a little like feeding the lions. One of the ducks
has taken to visiting the Gazebo and checking out the full compost
buckets while Digby is doing the farm walk. Mia has learned the
rules for chasing ducks now and lies in wait for the renegade and
chases him out of the Gazebo with great joy.
Alas the breadfruit chips have now finished as well
as the Custard Apples and Pommelos are on the last few weeks of
supply. Jakfruit, Star Apples, and Sapodilla are now starting to
be offered on the tasting. Fruit is rather limited in its availability
at the moment and we are definitely on the scrounge.
The fruit on the menu for the tasting is currently
- West Indian Lime
- Yellow Sapote
- Golden Passionfruit
- Black Sapote
- Star Apples
Nothing much is happening on the farm apart from the regular
spraying for seaweed. We have spent some time pruning back the suckers
from the cyclone damaged trees and cutting off the roots which are
still sticking up like spiders legs out of the ground. It hasnt
been warm enough to make the grass grow so the pressure has been
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Jakfruit Upside-Down Pudding
1 cup of Jakfruit segments
30gms butter, melted
150 gms caster sugar
120 gms butter
2 eggs beaten
180 gms self-raising flour
Use the melted butter to cover the base of a large ovenproof
dish with a base about 7 inches square. Sprinkle 30 gms of caster
sugar over it and arrange the Jakfruit segments and walnuts over
the base with the grated coconut.
Cream the butter with the remaining sugar. Beat in the eggs.
Fold in the flour and some vanilla essence.
Spoon this mixture over the Jakfruit, spreading it evenly.
Bake in the centre of a moderate oven 180 degrees C for
Turn upside down onto a warm plate. Cut in to squares and
serve with cream or ice cream.
THE BED AND BREAKFAST
After much pressure, the pole component of our timber order
was finally delivered. Each pole had to be dragged in from the front
gate by the little tractor which did all the poles except
for the last 2 big ones and a neighbour then lent a hand and used
his four wheel drive to tow the tractor which was towing the poles
quite a procession along Nicole Drive.
The poles are now in place using a large tripod and a winch
to put them into place plus a lot of sweat and muscle. The highest
pole in the centre is 7 metres high and the whole structure now
looks like the Stone Henge and has a similar presence standing
in isolation on the edge of the rainforest. The verandah will have
a great view looking down into the creek. Some local fallen timber
Silver quandong has been cut up into 4" x 2" by
some locals with a portable mill. It is now stacked and will have
to dry for 3 months before we can use it. The remainder of our timer
order is now 6 weeks overdue.
We now have a registered business name "Cape Trib Exotic Fruit
Farm", and a Web Domain Name of www.capetrib.com.au,
which is rather amazing. This means that our mailing address is
We can issue unlimited e-mail addresses so hope to recoup some of
the cost for setting up the name in the first place by selling off
the capetrib.com.au to local Internet users. Our Web site is now
in the process of being shifted to http://www.capetrib.com.au
We are planning to develop a Cape Tribulation page with all the
businesses involved and include a lot about the natural history
and the environmental conflicts. Any local person who wants a page
on our Web can have one with a capetrib.com.au address.
As per our last newsletter we still need a housesitter for February
Thats all the news from Cape Trib for August
Alison and Digby