Our Davidson Plums have just been hand delivered by lovely Donna and her father Hec. They have been supplying the distillery for the past 10 years and it’s beautiful seeing their love for this indigenous tree and the fruit it bears.
Hec Smith started to plant trees on his property “Amana Park” at Cudgen in the early 1970’s. In 1980 as part of a tree planting project he planted a rainforest plot. In this group of trees was one Davidson’s Plum tree.
After many years this tree fruited and Hec propagated seedlings that he planted out in orchard style with Queensland maples providing the canopy covering. He now has planted some 350 trees that all originate from that one tree in 1980, which is still producing well.
This variety of Davidson’s Plum occurs only in riverine rainforest of the Tweed and Brunswick valleys of the Far North Coast of NSW. The small pink flowers cluster around the trunk followed by the juicy fruit that ripen to a deep purple in the months of December to February. They contain two unusual flat fibrous seeds and has a wonderfully sharp and tart plum flavour. Our Wild Forest Plum is now in production using our latest batch of Davidson’s Plum.