New Zealand zucchini prices are closing in on $40 a kilogram as a ban on importing the vegetables from Queensland continues to trouble the market. Last week, Stats NZ said prices for zucchini, also known as courgettes, had jumped 74 per cent to an all-time high of $21.42 a kilo in June.
Although higher prices are expected outside the main growing season, a ban on imports of zucchini from the Australian state had sent prices soaring ahead of schedule, Stats NZ said.
All imports of fresh cucurbit – a plant group including pumpkin, squash, and cucumber as well as zucchini – from Queensland were suspended in December due to the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.
Stats NZ consumer prices manager Sarah Johnson said zucchini prices tend to peak in September, but the shortage had pushed prices to a record high last month. "We have seen courgette prices briefly top $20 per kilo when imports from Australia were suspended in 2018 for the same virus.”