Queensland gourmet rainforest fruits producer wins inaugural award
At Eumundi, not far from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, specialty food business Galeru is using Australian native rainforest ingredients to produce a distinctive range of ‘taste sensations’. Martha Shepherd, along with partner David Haviland, produce a high value niche crop of native fruits from more than 3000 native trees.
Martha’s 35 years experience in the food industry, the pair’s passion for indigenous plant species plus a Brisbane TAFE course in bushfoods, which provided the impetus to explore the possibilities, have led to a very successful business.
On their website Martha and David speak about creating a sustainable enterprise while sharing the commitment of all those who treasure Australia’s natural heritage. They have re-planted native trees and shrubs on land long ago cleared – over 3000 now – and it is from the leaves, fruits and nuts of these trees that they have developed rainforest products that are unique and delicious.
Galeru produces a range of specialty bakery products and associated fruit sauces, such as rainberry apple cake with butterscotch icing; macadamia-yums? with lemon myrtle; and raincherries?, which take their distinctive character and unique taste from Australian rainforest ingredients.
This 2006 Award is the first time a national winner has been selected from the State and Territory winners. Martha plans to use her $10,000 Bursary to develop a viable value chain management model so smaller producers can collaborate with regional processors to produce the quantity and quality to ensure their economic and environmental viability.