Prospects for Australian emerging industries
Emerging industries play an important role in the Australian agricultural landscape, contributing to the national economy and helping meet changing global demand. This prospectus is...
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.