The Birds’ Wherrol Flat mandies
Graeme and Rozann Bird live a few clicks down Little Run Rd – and have been for some 30 years. Rozann makes a mean homebrew craft beer. After winning the local beer-making competition 2 years in a row, she’s holding back a bit to give the other talents in the valley a chance to shine.
A few years ago, they planted some 30-odd mandarin trees. Nothing unusual about that, as almost everyone in Wherrol Flat grows some citrus or kiwi or passionfruit or pumpkin or… well anything, really. Because that seems to be the nature of the place: anything you throw into the soil seems to grow and thrive.
It’s just that the Birds’ mandies have this je ne sais qua – sweetness with a hint of mint, and some spice, and a whole lot of other flavours that are difficult to place – but they combine to give it a beautiful flavour. It’s in the soil, the air or the water. Or perhaps in all 3.
They managed to pick about 150kg of ripe fruit, so we just hope that will last us till the end of the week. Luckily, we’re making another commute next weekand the sunny weather holds promise for more mandies.