Endangered Ooray Rain Plum liqueur goes on sale

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 4th May 2010

Ooray Rain Plum Liqueur - full pictureA liqueur made from the endangered fruit Davidsonia jerseyana, or Oooray Rain Plum, is now commercially available.

The liqueur is a collaborative project between Noosa-based AuraGold Farms and Stanthorpe company Castle Glen Liqueurs.

The plum is a seasonal staple food of the New South Wales Widjabul people, who traditionally reside in the plum’s growth area.

Master Liqueur Maker Cedric Millar, owner and Director of Castle Glen, is ecstatic about the outcome of the experiment in liqueur making.

“This is the first time we have used a pure Australian indigenous fruit to produce a liqueur and the result is truly amazing,” said Mr Millar.

“When we received the fresh fruit late last year, direct from a combination of wild harvest and plantation picking, we honestly didn’t know what to expect and how it would turn out. The result is beyond expectations.”

Described as tasting “somewhere between a Campari and a tarty Drambuie”, the Ooray Rain Plum Liqueur is “bound to raise a few eyebrows”, according to AuraGold Farms and Australian Superfood owner Scott Mathias.

“The Ooray Plum’s antioxidant qualities are very pronounced – 8220mg/100g of red anthocyanins,” he said.

“Our goal is to open up new applications and uses for the NSW Ooray Rain Plum and we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

The liqueur is presently available from the Noosa Farmers Market and the Jan Powers Farmers Market in Brisbane’s CBD.