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Fresh lychees coming soon

LYCHEE PRODUCERS: The Pool family, with John (right) and Kerry (centre) and the rest of the family on their lychee farm in Tiaro.
LYCHEE PRODUCERS: The Pool family, with John (right) and Kerry (centre) and the rest of the family on their lychee farm in Tiaro. Contributed

FRESH lychees will hit Fraser Coast tables this summer, thanks to a lychee orchid passionately run by a husband and wife team in Tiaro.

John and Kerry Pool have been growing lychees since 1999.

Each has more than 20 years of farming experience, while Mrs Pool also has qualifications in food technology, laboratory and quality control work.

The couple moved to Tiaro a few years ago when they fell in love with the lifestyle.

"We bought our first farm on the Fraser Coast in 2006," Mrs Pool said.

The couple own Tomarata Orchard, one of the largest suppliers of lychees in Australia.

The orchard has 2110 mature trees and produces about 60 tonnes of lychees each year.

Lychee season starts in November in North Queensland and moves south as the coast heats up.

However, Mrs Pool said lychees could be enjoyed all year round with their range of products.

"We have alcohol sauces, condiments and vinegars," she said.

The Tomarata Orchard has enjoyed mostly successful seasons, however the floods earlier this year did impact production.

"We're climbing out of that," she said.

Fraser Coast Regional Councillor James Hansen praised the couple's business.

"They run a good operation out there," he said.

Mrs Pool attributes some of her success to consumers wanting to buy from a local family operation rather than a large corporation.

Products from the orchard are sold directly to the public.

► For more information visit http://www.tomaratalychees.com.au.

Topics:  fruit horticulture lychees