Steven Lauwers, Vegobel:

"Wasabi and tea herbs very popular in the Netherlands"

Vegobel from the Belgian Duffel is specialised in the year round cultivation of an extensive assortment of herbs in pots. Over the last few days the herb nursery made its debut on the Bio-Plein at the AGF Detail in Houten, and Steven Lauwers is pleased. "We have brought out a trio of tea herbs, consisting of lemon verbanana, Moroccan mint and peppermint, especially for the Dutch market. The market for tea in the Netherlands is five to six times larger than that in Belgium and our tea herbs are appreciated here."

The herb specialist mainly sells his herbs through Bel'Orta to supermarkets, catering and wholesalers from Belgium and the Netherlands. Most of the assortment consists of organic herbs. Vegobel only sells potted herbs and only those originating from Belgium. "This has large advantages for us. The product remains fresh for longer, both in the chain and at home, and we can offer continuity of supply all year round. As we can grow it ourselves (locally) we can give our customers the best service and we are also completely behind the quality and cultivation method used for your own product. We are irreplaceable."

The company has developed a unique cultivation system, which means it can offer ready to pick herbs all year round. Vegobel has also grown Wasabi since the start of this year. Although it's a difficult cultivation, we have managed to grow great quality wasabi. Our wasabi has a pleasant, spicy flavour. The leaves can be used very freshly, just picked. It can be used in salads, steak tartar, crustaceans and shellfish or carpaccio of meat or fish. You can also plant it in the open ground and grow a 'wasabi root' in two to three years. These roots are used to make the spicy wasabi powder or paste."

Wasabi without cover

For more information:
Steven Lauwers
Missestraat 27
2570 Duffel - Belgium 
Tel: +32 (0)15-321500
Fax: +32 (0)15-321431

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