Author: Daintree Ice Cream

October 16, 2018 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

We were thrilled to be featured in the French culinary magazine, SUPERFOOD. Since we don’t speak the language a wonderful volunteer by the name of Marie-Ange took the time to translate this for us!

Eco delights with exotic fruits

Following this gourmet path, I drive to the Daintree Ice Company. Picture a 9 hectares domain, nestled in the heart of the rainforest. Plant tropical trees, preferably the one that will bear those succulent exotic fruits. Create a tea tree labyrinth (the largest of the South hemisphere, please), just for the fun. In 1993, the owners had the genius idea to offer for sale ice creams and sorbets concocted from the tropical fruits that abound in their orchard.

A refreshing experience to savor while pacing the estate, to discover the amazing fruits, or to get lost in the labyrinth.

Two thousands liters of ice cream per year, offered in a dozen flavors. The choice is not yours ; according to the seasons and the desires, a cup with four flavors is offered. Variety for all the palates. Reader, if you have ever tried the durian, you will understand! Today’s tasting: soursop, black sapote, lemon myrtle/coconut, acacia seeds. The flavor of the soursop is a delight: a combination of vanilla and pineapple with delicate citrus hints, whose octuosity is reminiscent of coconut or banana.

Sustainability and respect for the environment are the key words here. The estate is so isolated that Jenna and Dave, the owners, have to produce their own electric power – we are North of the Daintree river, there is no electrical network. Solar panels and generators supply the enormous freezers and ice cream machines, of course. Water? It comes directly from the river running through the property. The orchards can all have the organic label, while the cardboard cups end up in the compost. Jenna treats me with crusty stories. She tells me that one morning, she woke up with the strange feeling to be observed…A family of cassowaries was watching her through her bedroom window!

PDF OF MAGAZINE HERE: 10_MAGFOODSEP18_112-117 voyage queensland 1 COUV SUPERFOOD N°5

 

July 19, 2018 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

Making banana gelato 🍌 🍧

Posted by Daintree Ice Cream Company on Monday, 9 July 2018

March 15, 2018 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

Daintree Ice Cream Co. was recently featured on the Youtube Travel Show ‘Work, Play, Vacay‘ where the host Paula got to follow her dream of being an ice cream maker for a day. She joined owner Dave Mainwaring in creating some lime sorbet at our place in the Daintree Rainforest.

 

February 15, 2018 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

As wildlife carers we love sharing the stories of our charges. Recently we had the pleasure of raising two mangrove/striated herons, Harry and Keenie.

The chicks came in about a week apart but were found at the same spot so it is likely they were nest mates*. The original baby, named ‘Harry’ had gone through a 24 hour period of paralysis (cause unknown) in the first week and we were very worried about his survival. Fortunately the addition of the second chick, ‘Keenie’, worked like a balm and seemed to boost his spirits and his appetite.

The two of them started snuggling up together at night and soon became inseparable.

Chicks were fed fresh seafood (Dave was stoked to have an excuse to go fishing every day) as well as insectivore mix, crickets, worms and small amounts of meat. They also had their diet supplemented by calcium to ensure strong bones.

Each day they were taken out of their enclose to get some vitamin D, stretch their wings and legs and encouraged to explore the world. It was incredible to watch their instincts kick in, especially when it came to catching insects or fish – their necks would extend and contract SO fast that if you blinked you could have missed it!

Both chicks saw Jenna as their mum and would follow her around the yard and come when she called. Over time their natural curiosity and aptitude took over and they came to depend on us less and less. Eventually they stopped coming back at all and now live a 100% wild life.

Raising baby herons

A short clip about the rehabilitation of our heron chicks – from little fluff balls to release at Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Posted by Daintree Ice Cream Company on Friday, 9 February 2018

*Note: Every attempt was made to reunite the chicks with their parents when they were first found but in these cases it was not possible.

If you find an injured or baby bird please follow the steps laid out by Wildcare Australia: http://wildcare.org.au/species-information/birds/

 

 

February 5, 2018 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

We are active wildlife carers, specialising in macropods (wallabies and kangaroos). Here is a short video showing the growth of our latest rescue ‘Butter’, so named because he weighed the same amount as a block of butter (500g) when we got him. He is now over 6kg and will be released back to the wild next week. Hope you enjoy the video!

A timelapse of our joey (Butter) from furless baby to handsome little man.Explore Tropical North Queensland Visit Port Douglas & Daintree Visit Queensland, Australia

Posted by Daintree Ice Cream Company on Wednesday, 17 January 2018

December 26, 2017 Daintree Ice Cream No comments exist

Dave from Daintree Ice Cream Company talks about the relationship between the reef and the rainforest and why we have a responsibility to farm sustainably (this video is part of the Midnight Oil special – ‘Oils On The Reef’ which aired on Foxtel’s MAX channel on Sat Nov 11th).

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