Lychee mania: Instant sellout for Mackay business
MANGOES might be a famous North Queensland Christmas fruit, but lychees could be taking the lead.
It seems that way in Mackay, with hundreds of people going crazy for the tropical fruit.
Leap Lychees, a small business offering fresh lychees and sorbets, sold out almost immediately after announcing its last picking on Facebook.
Business owner David Mather said he had sold more than 200kg of lychees a day from The Leap property in the lead up to Christmas.
"Last weekend was incredible, there were cars everywhere," Mr Mather said.
"I put the signs out about 7am and we were completely sold out by 2pm.
"It was like that Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
Mr Mather has had a small lychee orchard on his property for 30 years, but only in the past seven years did he begin selling the fruit to the public.
His most popular products however, are the lychee and mango sorbets.
"People wait all year to come and buy the sorbet," Mr Mather said.
"It's our biggest seller. Wwe sold about 50 take home packs each day and about 70 scoops in a cup each day, in the week before Christmas."
It is not just Mackay locals who stop in to try Leap Lychees' fresh produce.
Dozens of tourists have also made a detour to experience the authentic Queensland flavours.
Mr Mather said about 10 different German families had stopped in to try the lychees and mangoes.
"The tourists love trying our lychees and mangoes," he said.
"Some have never tried a lychee before, or they only have imported mangoes where they live. When they try our fruit, they are blown away by how good it tastes.
"It's pretty rewarding to see their faces light up when they try it."
Leap Lychees will reopen after Christmas to sell their final lychees of the season.
Keep up to date with the business on Facebook.