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Asparagus Production and Growth in Australia (2020)

Asparagus Production and Growth in Australia (2020)


Asparagus Production and Growth in Australia (2020)


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.

Statistics (2020)

  1. The supply per capita of asparagus was recorded at 321grams, based on the volume that was supplied.
  2. Eight thousand two hundred and seventy-nine million tonnes of asparagus was produced, and the total value amounts to $86.7 million.
  3. 31% of Australian households bought asparagus, which totals up to an average of 223 grams of the vegetable per shopping trip.
  4. The wholesale value of asparagus was $122.6 million, with $22.1 million invested in the food space.

Interesting Facts

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.

Asparagus Growing Areas

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.

Asparagus International Trade

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.