Tasting ginger at the Buderim Ginger Factory

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Exploring Queensland had to take the back seat in the last little while… aside from a flying visit to Melbourne in July where I got to freeze my little nose off for a couple of days, adventures have, unfortunately, been in short supply. Life was meant to be relaxing up here but it has suddenly become much more busy than I bargained for (with more jobs and uni work than I really need…). But I fully intend to change that again, I just haven’t quite worked out how! 🙂

That said, and thanks to a good friend who stayed with us in early August, I have ticked off another item on my must-do-list on the Sunshine Coast: the Buderim Ginger Factory in Yandina. It’s the largest ginger factory in Australia, and whilst my expectations were probably pretty low, it turned out to be surprisingly good!

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The factory tour guide… Mr. Gingerbread. I’m counting him as one of my Big Things in Australia. 🙂

Visiting the factory on a Sunday ends up being more of a tell than a show but I still found it quite interesting how ginger is grown, harvested and turned into the various Buderim Ginger products. If you actually want to see the factory in action, make sure you visit during the week.

Apparently the biggest export markets include the US, UK and, get this, Germany! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen Buderim Ginger stuff in Germany… [Update Aug 2015: I was so wrong! I’ve since found Buderim Ginger products in a tiny shop near Dresden in Germany!]

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Buderim Ginger products in a shop window in Bad Schandau, Germany

All ‘sweet’ Buderim Ginger products are basically sugar-coated to the max as the ginger sits in a syrupy brine for some days. I bought some Naked Ginger pieces (ie not coated in extra sugar) and even they have an 80% sugar content! Crazily high and yet the ginger pieces are still spicy and have plenty of kick… In terms of wholesome, healthy food though… not so much.

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Open vats: Ginger pieces being marinated in syrup. They’re pretty big vats!

Aside from the interesting bits and pieces about how raw ginger ends up as a Buderim Ginger product – actually, ask questions, that makes the tour way more interesting! – what’s great about the tour is the tasting session at the end of the Factory Tour!

You don’t just get to taste finished ginger products. They actually make little dishes for you (well, very little dishes but still).

It’s a clever marketing ploy but it also makes for a tasty afternoon snack. The rice crackers with ginger cream were my favourite! I think the husband liked the meatball with ginger sauce best, looked very tasty but I didn’t try them myself (instead, he had two 🙂 ). So don’t miss out on this yummy part of the tour by heading off early!

After the tour, we went for a quick walk through the gardens… or if you’re a kid, you could just take the train.

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I loved the little animal mosaics along the garden path though I’m not entirely sure about the half-upright kangaroo.

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Animal mosaic along the garden path

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My favourite!!!!! The wombat is so cute. 🙂

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Is this a walking kangaroo??

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Does the koala look odd or is it just me?

The ginger shop obviously has tons of ginger products that you’ll want to buy after the tasting session. 😉 It also sells the world’s most expensive Manuka honey! I’m sure if I googled it, I could find honey that’s even more expensive. But seriously, even though Manuka isn’t cheap at the best of times, this has got to be the most expensive honey I’ve ever seen!

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There are a few things for kids to do at the Buderim Ginger Factory. They can hop on the Ginger Train, jump on board the Overboard for a water adventure, or learn more about bees. It should make for a fun, though not necessarily cheap, day out for the whole family. Or grown-up children like me.

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