It’s the thirty-oneth of the month. Let’s hope February brings happier times for these mandarin growers of Gayndah, Qld, whose crops have been ruined by the floods.
What, in your humble opinion, is the monarch of citrus fruits? Oranges? Mandas? The mighty grapefruit? Cumquats, perchance?
Anything else got you feeling especially sweet or sour today?
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Would you be willing to pay an extra $9 every time you fill the car with petrol if it would help fund the national disability insurance scheme?
Should the rate or reach of the GST be increased to give the states more money for education?
Or are these lazy options for governments who already collect enough tax and simply waste what they’ve got?
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The things done in the name of science. Some medical researchers have shoved fruit in MRI machines.
Check out the spectacular, citrus-scented images here.
It’s Tuesday. What’s on your minds, Punchers?
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In a week where the core national issues have had a decidedly seedy tone, let’s usher in the weekend by talking about something sweet. Apples.
Apples are a much under-rated fruit. But one type of apple is in real trouble. It’s the humble red delicious, which used to be known quite simply as “red apples” when I was a kid.
Growers like Iola Robson, who has been in the apple game for 43 years in Batlow, NSW, says her farm used to be about 80 per cent red delicious, 20 per cent other varieties. That ratio is now completely reversed. Another grower we spoke to said red delicious apples could soon be phased out entirely! How do you like them apples?
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These are Australian cherries. In the shops at the moment there are lots of American cherries. They’re delicious, if very expensive at up to $20/kilo.
David Penberthy wrote the other day about how hard it is to avoid buying imported goods, though he mostly talked about stuff in jars and cans. What about fresh food? Do you think there’s anything wrong with buying imported fruit? It’s one thing in a country like England where nothing grows for six months, but here?
What other fresh topics would you like to discuss today? Our open thread is cherry ripe for your input.
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A delegation of Australian MPs has been given permission to inspect the New Zealand apple industry - as long as they don’t go near any apple trees.
Instead, they have been invited to tour New Zealand dairy farms, according to the chairman of a parliamentary committee.
The restrictions are the latest flare-up in the battle over fire blight, an agricultural disease which could destroy entire orchards.
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