Photo of fruit on the table.

On the Sunday, 4th December, 1988, at 12 noon, the Mossman Branch of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia Inc. held their annual 'Fruit Fest' - a tantalising smorgasbord. The day turned out to be a lovely, partly-sunny day with cool breezes wisping by every so often.

The members spent the morning decorating the RSL Hall with coconut palms, many exotic flowers, and our President and Treasurer's young daughter arranged flowers in small vases for the well-spread-out, neatly-set tables in the spacious, airy hall.

Down the centre of the hall, the display table was placed. We always wonder if we will end up with a good display of fruit. The display of fruit was the best we have ever collected, and a list will follow.

Gay McDowall and the ladies were hired to cook and serve our main course. Gay is a fine cook and the food presentation was excellent. Gay named each dish with carefully written tags so everyone could decide whether to try each dish.

The Rare Fruit Council ladies, Mossman Branch, prepared the sweet dishes. The variety of sweets would make anyone go off any diet for the day.

Baskets of fruit were raffled at intervals. Pontin Mamey Sapote were auctioned by our auctioneer, Don Gray. Mrs Roger Goebel won the lucky ticket prize - a very large basket of fruit.

Photo of food on the table.

The proceedings for the day could not have gone more smoothly. Drinks made with sugar cane juice and lime juice, pineapple crush juice, and mamey sapote milk shakes were available during the dinner at no extra cost to the guests. Overall, the 'Fruit Fest' for 1988 could not have been better.

There are many to be thanked and all cannot be mentioned separately, as numbers prevent this. Lots of thanks to all members and friends who donated the fruit for the display, and many more thanks to all who helped set up the hall, and many more thanks to all the ladies who kindly donated and made the sweets for the day. And thanks to Gay McDowall and the ladies for making the day with the scrumptious main course.

Our scrumptious main course dishes were:

We recommend that only variety 107 or 117 sugar cane be used for the juice, as many of the sugar cane varieties are too hard to go through the sugar juicer.



Listed below are the tantalising sweet dishes prepared by the Mossman Branch ladies.

  • Soursop Mousse
  • Ice creams - Mango, Soursop and Pawpaw
  • Black Sapote Banana Cream Pie
  • Dried Tropical Fruit Cheese Cake
  • Jak and Lemon Pavlova
  • Star Apple Pavlova
  • Malay Apple and Coconut tart
  • Rose and Coconut Jelly
  • Mango Custard Delight
  • Jakfruit Cheese Cake
  • Soursop Fancy Pie
  • Banana Caramel Tart
  • Star Apple Christmas Pudding
  • Mamey Sapote Raisin Pie
  • (Icecream bean) Inga with Apricot Centres
  • Yellow Sapote Custard Tart
  • Mamey Sapote Lime Cheese Cake
  • Black Sapote Delicious Pie
  • Ferronia Mousse
  • Soursop Cream Pie
  • Soursop and Lemon Slice
  • Canistel Custard Pie
  • White Sapote Christmas Cake
Listed below is the enormous variety of fruit we had on the display table.
  • Naranjilla
  • Pepino
  • New Guinea Bean
  • Barbados Cherry
  • Amazon Tree Grape
  • Short Inga Bean
  • Passion fruit
  • Thai Red Pawpaw
  • Rollinia
  • Coconut
  • Black Sapote
  • Soncoya
  • Akee
  • Jaboticaba
  • Bilimbi
  • Aqua Cherry
  • Quandong (Aust. native)
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Chempedak
  • Monsterio
  • Display Paradise Nut
  • Kuranda Nut
  • Lychee, Haak Ip, Taiso
  • Brazil Cherry
  • Malay Apple
  • Miracle Fruit
  • Psidium (relative to guava)
  • Mountain soursop
  • Maprang
  • Breadfruit
  • Gourd Bean
  • Cedar Bay Cherry
  • Konks (the original passionfruit)
  • Taro
  • Carambola
  • Mabolo
  • Papaya
  • Pomegranate
  • Marang
  • Mamey Sapote Pontin
  • Sapodilla
  • Soursop
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Star Apple
  • Salak Palm Fruit
  • Rambutan
  • Civil Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Giant Jakfruit (24 kg)
  • White Sapote
  • "Chris" White Sapote
  • Cocoa Pod
  • Pommelo
  • Peach Palm
  • Mons Marie Banana
  • Plantain
  • Keitt Mango
  • Cedar Bay Mango
  • Glen Mango
  • Haden Mango
  • Tommy Atkins Mango
  • Bowen Special Mango
  • Bael Fruit
  • Long Inga Bean
  • Abiu

How lucky we are to be able to grow all these fruits. A FRUIT FEST TO REMEMBER!

Christine Gray

DATE: March 1989

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