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Australians have plenty of winter veg for Christmas dinner

Although Christmas in Australia is usually more likely to be celebrated with a barbecue, the traditional option of a dinner with cauliflower, broccoli and even Brussels sprouts would not be hard to come by.

“The most recent figures show that almost 67,000 tonnes of cauliflower was grown in 2010-2011, and just over 48,000 tonnes of broccoli was grown in 2012-2013,” said AUSVEG Communications Officer Shaun Lindhe.

AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

Despite it being the summer season over the Christmas period for Australians, due to the country’s large size and variable climate, both vegetables can be grown all year round.

“Cauliflower peaks from May to October, and broccoli is most abundant from May to September,” said Mr Lindhe.

“The cultivation of broccoli and cauliflower is concentrated on the South-East coast of Australia, with some grown in southern West-Australia. The cooler climates here are better for cultivation, unlike the more tropical climates of northern Australia.”

“According to our growers, the current season seems to be consistent with previous years. Both vegetables tend to be in high demand all year round, as they are two of the most popular vegetables on the Australian market.”

For more information:
Shaun Lindhe
Tel: +61 (0) 3 9882 0277
Fax: +61 (0) 3 9882 6722

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