Two passion fruit farmers in Western Australia's southwest are reducing food waste by purchasing otherwise unsellable fruit from local growers. The fruit is then turned into beer. As we all know, a percentage of fruit and vegetable crops is always deemed unsellable, either because the produce is undersized, blemished or too ugly.
Mitchell East and Jennifer Riseley grow passion fruit in Manjimup and recently built a fruit processing machine by gathering together old and unwanted equipment. East said since doing so, they had been able to use 100 per cent of their passion fruit crop.
"Passion fruit is a product that breaks down very quickly," he said. "But luckily enough for us, it means we can grade out our best quality [passion fruit] and sell that to the markets ... and the seconds or anything that we don't deem as good a quality we can then process."