The Impact of Double Harvesting on Victorian Peppermint Crop Productivity

  • 40 pages

  • Published: 1 Oct 2002

  • Author(s): Bienvenu, Fred

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This project examines the role of harvest timing, double harvest techniques and nitrogen nutrition on the yield of peppermint oil and the combined effects on peppermint oil composition, for peppermint crops produced under Victorian conditions. It seeks to determine whether double harvesting is sustainable and can be used to increase oil production in Southern Australia.

Changes to the requirements of the flavour and fragrance industry across the world are examined to understand the position of Australia’s mint producers in the worldwide context. The current trend is towards the engineering of custom peppermint oils. This allows the use of “building block” oils. Peppermint oil producers will need to produce oils that fit the new markets.