Tinaberries’ popular new flavour of dragon fruit and lime ice cream looks sensational and tastes divine, so it’s no wonder it’s being scooped up by locals and visitors alike.
Tinaberries owner Tina McPherson said the idea of the new flavour came about after a “little experimenting” and the combination of the two locally-grown fruits was an instant hit with customers.
“It looks spectacular and tastes like a key-lime pie, it’s sweet and refreshing,” Tina said.
“We have our ice cream flavours of what we grow here, strawberry, and passionfruit, and in summer we do mango – actually we thought we had enough mango to last through to next season, but the whole concept has become so popular that we are now out of mango ice cream.
“The dragon fruits are grown locally at Bruce and Carol Prickle Patch Dragon fruit farm, they are quite involved in the culinary tourism also, and their fruit is just perfect for ice cream.”
Dragon fruit and lime a perfect combination of sweet and sour
Tina said the combination of both the white dragon fruit with the pink helped give the vibrant colour to the sweet treat.
“We use both the white dragon fruit and the pink, because the white one is sweeter, but the pink gives it that great colour!” she said.
“Then we use limes grown here on our farm, or from Linda Vickers at Bundy Limes.
“The lime just gives it that little something extra special.
“We are so blessed to have all of this great produce grown here in the region.”
As Tinaberries dragon fruit and lime ice cream is new, Tina said they didn’t realise how popular it would be, especially with the current school holiday which had given the local business an influx of visitors, both locally and those visiting the Bundaberg Region.
“We have frozen what we think may be enough dragon fruit, but seeing how busy we have been in the last 10 days – it’s just crazy and we know we won’t run out of strawberry ice cream or passionfruit ice cream as we grow those fruits ourselves, but with the novelty ice creams like this, we will just see what happens,” she said.
“We honestly have never been so busy at the farm, and it’s lovely to see a lot of locals getting out and doing local things around the region; along with people coming from South East Queensland, Gladstone and Rocky, for day trips, or staying in the region for a couple of nights away – it’s just fabulous.”
Pick-your-own strawberries returns mid-August
Tina said this year’s strawberry season had started well, with ideal weather allowing the strawberry plants to give a high yield of fruit.
“Strawberries love cold nights and dry conditions,” she said.
“As it’s been cooler this year, they are doing really well.
“We are open during strawberry season from 9am to 5.30pm every day and we start pick-your-own strawberries from mid-August.”
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