Australian Native Finger Lime RD&E Plan (2023-2028)

  • 28 pages

  • Published: 15 Nov 2022

  • Author(s): Russell Glover, Tanya Taylor, Maria Redman, Paul Trainer

  • ISBN: 978-1-76053-318-2

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The Australian native finger lime, Citrus spp., often referred to as ‘citrus caviar’, is predominantly grown on the east coast of Australia, however has expanded into Western Australia. There are 20 major growers, and when their production is combined with that of smaller growers, approximately 100 tonnes of native finger lime is produced annually. The estimated farmgate value of Australian native finger lime was $600,000 in 2012 but grew to $3.1 million in 2020.

With increased shelf life and the export potential of fresh fruit, there is considerable opportunity for this native Australian industry. Further, there is the possibility to develop commercial opportunities in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food and beverage industries. Opportunities also exist to use the leaf and peel, including for oil and dried extract.

The development of a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan for the Australian native finger lime industry is an important step to achieve industry growth over the next five years. The Plan is the result of extensive stakeholder consultation with Indigenous, research and value-add organisations, as well as producers, across the Australian native finger lime industry. Across five themes, it pulls together specific recommendations for future investment to support industry growth. The five themes are: (1) Varieties; (2) Production; (3) Products; (4) Markets; and (5) Capacity building.