Australian Quinoa Industry RD&E Plan 2024-2029
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is an ‘ancient grain’ that was domesticated about 8,000 years ago in South America, where it became an important part of Andean...
Published: 9 Jan 2009
Author(s): Dennis, Christina
Download report PDFDownload
Purchase a hard copy - AUD $45.00
This report details a short term project to evaluate the potential for hydroponic cranberry production in Australia. The project successfully demonstrated that cranberries can be grown hydroponically. However a number of potential constraints to commercialisation have been identified.
An opportunity exists for growers and investors in the horticulture industry to develop and market fresh cranberries. They would make a welcome addition to Australian fresh berries, and would add to the growing demand for ‘nutraceuticals’ and functional foods. With increased production, processed and value-added products could be developed and potentially replace imported processed cranberry products.
Cranberries have traditionally been grown in natural marshes and wetlands, many of them natural peat bogs, where the moisture and decaying organic matter create ideal growing conditions for these plants. The high capital costs, combined with environmental concerns and limitations, would preclude traditional cranberry production in Australia; however cranberries are likely to be ideally suited to hydroponics.