Production and Marketing of Tasmanian Wasabi

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  • Published: 20 Sep 2006

  • Author(s): Sparrow, Angela

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Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is a high value plant native to Japan where its products are used in traditional meals, but are seldom exported due to limited availability. Wasabi grows in areas that are cool and shaded with plenty of water – a major advantage for its production in Tasmania is the cool temperate climate and proximity to clean water.

Wasabi products from Tasmanian trials have been highly acclaimed on the Australian market and the domestic demand has continued to grow as a result. Supplying wasabi products to neighbouring countries in South–East Asia remains a long-term objective of Tasmanian producers.