Out of all of the vegetables harvested in Australia, asparagus is a popular vegetable among the citizens. Asparagus is typically divided into two categories: a spring cut and a summer cut. The latter is primarily saved for the domestic market. Because of the low cost of the imported products, minimal processing occurs of the local production.
Since this vegetable is dynamic in nature, it is ideal in soups, salads, pasta, pizzas, burgers and sauces. Asparagus is usually available from September to March with the majority of production occurring between September and November. It is a perennial vegetable arising from a root system of fleshy rhizomes known as the ‘crown’. In fact, to maximise freshness, harvesting is done daily in the early hours of the morning with packing on the same day.
Victoria is a major producer of this vegetable, and the dominant area where this vegetable is grown is Koo Wee Rup. Melbourne is another area where an enormous amount of this vegetable is produced. Moreover, Mildura is also known for harvesting this vegetable.
Australia is said to be a net exporter of this vegetable. Hence, it imports more than 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes every year. Moreover, as 2020 came to a close, Australia imported 3,068 tonnes. Simultaneously, it exported 3,068 tonnes. Therefore, the imports can be counted in the negative tonnes.