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Fresh Eggplants Production in Australia (2019)

Fresh Eggplants Production in Australia (2019)

2020-10-23

Overview

Due to the immense popularity and demand, eggplants are grown all across Australia. However, the majority of the production occurs along the east coast. In the current scenario, these vegetables are grown outdoors. Nevertheless, due to the growing popularity of this vegetable, they are being grown all year-round in high-tech greenhouses.

Although enjoyed like a vegetable, eggplants are oval fruits with a satin skin. Inside is a spongy, creamy-white flesh that is perfect for soaking up all the exotic flavours of a dish. Aubergine is the French name for the fruit, increasingly used in Australia. The word aubergine is now also used to describe an interior design colour that is based on the beautiful deep purple colour of the eggplant’s skin..

The eggplant is relatively new to Australia but can be found in many dishes that were first created in other parts of the world. In the popular Greek dish, moussaka, eggplant and lamb are gently simmered with aromatic spices, blanketed with a feta-infused white sauce and baked in the oven.

Varieties

Although this vegetable is usually purple and oval to pear-shaped, occasionally one may find white, lavender or striped sausage-like types. Small round eggplants in a range of colours are also sometimes available. Common varieties include Black Bell, Long Tom, Pea, Thai Round, Continental and Purple. Pea or Thai eggplants are small, green fruits that look like peas and cluster at the end of small branches. Pea eggplants are used in Asian cooking.

Eggplant Varieties Available in Australia

Statistics

As of June 2019:

  1. 9,509 tonnes were produced and valued at $19.6 million. Out of this 6% was sent for processing.
  2. The wholesale value of the fresh supply was estimated at $22.9 million. $18.9 million was distributed into retail and $4 million went into food service.
  3. 23% of Australian households purchased it on their grocery haul. This amounts to 569 grams of this vegetable per shopping trip.
  4. The supply per capita was recorded at 353 grams, based on the volume supplied.
Supply Chain of Eggplants in Australia

Eggplant Producing Regions

This vegetable is currently grown all across Australia. Nonetheless, the major producing regions are Bowen/Budekin and Bundaberg in Queensland. Some of the other regions where this vegetable is grown are the Sydney region and the Goulburn Valley.

Fresh Eggplants International Trade

Australia conducts a minimal amount of trade when it comes to this vegetable. Since this nation is a natural exporter of eggplants, in 2019 Australia exported 7 tonnes. Moreover, the rate of imports is not that high either.

Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)