The Mediterranean isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of South Australia but perhaps it should. Surprising as it sounds, the year-round temperatures on the state’s Fleurieu Peninsula mirror those of the famed European playground making it a perfect climate for growing almonds.
There is a little-known but long history of almond growing in the district and that tradition is not only being preserved but built upon by our guests in this fifth episode of our 10-part Food South Australia series.
Tawnya and Lucy catch-up with Mick Jones and Deb Trajanovski from Taronga Almonds, the father and daughter duo growing several varieties on their farm in the Fleurieu Peninsula including the older Somerton and Johnston. Listen to these passionate growers talk about almonds from their no waste ethos and commitment to selling unpasteurised, pesticide free nuts to their goal of keeping almond production in the Fleurieu region alive.
With a strong focus on the local community, the pair are excited about the challenges that lie ahead for their continually expanding business.