Featured Grower - Skybury Farms
Grower: The MacLaughlin Family, Skybury Farms
Location: Paddys Green, QLD
Altitude: 520 Metres
Variety: Skybury Reds
Availability: All year round
Health and Nutrition
Lets explore the nutritional benefits of Papaya. At a basic level, Papaya contains a range of antioxidants, including vitamin C and carotenoids, which help to support the body’s immune system. A single 150g serve of papaya will provide more than twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and nearly a third of vitamin A and more than a quarter of folate needs.
The caroteniods found in papaya include beta-corotene. Cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Together, they protect the body from damaging free radicals and increase bioavailability. The body converts these caroteniods into Vitamin A, and along with Vitamin C, potassium and a range of other elements, supports immune function, eye health, skin colour and gut health.
Storage and Handling
To ripen fruit store between 20 – 25 C
Once ripe, store fruit between 12 – 14 C
Fruit that is partially yellow should be left at room temperature and will ripen in a few days. If you want to speed this process, place in a paper bag with a banana. Ripe fruit should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within one or two days, so you can enjoy their maximum flavor.
Ian and Marion have always strived to be leaders and innovators when it comes to sustainable agricultural management principles. The MacLaughlin’s commitment to research and development, as well as their longer term view for sustainable farming, has led to fundamental changes to how they farm. For them, it is not just about farming for today, it’s about farming for tomorrow, practicing agriculture that is both environmentally sound and economically dynamic.
Skybury practices include water conservation, renewable power, erosion control, integrated pest management and dual cropping. However, sustainability is not just about the environment though, and supporting the local community has become equally as important to Skybury. By employing locals, purchasing goods and services from local suppliers and sponsoring community events, Skybury has become involved in the social fabric of the Atherton Tablelands.
I love the versatility of Red Papaya - you can bake it, salsa it, smoothie it or simply eat it on its own. My favorite papaya recipe has to be Papaya Curry.
Candy MacLaughlin, General Manager, Skybury Farms