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The Planting, Growing & Cultivation of Hazelnut Trees in Australia
Did you know that Australia imports about 2000 tonnes of hazelnuts a year, worth around $10 million dollars? However, there are currently less than 75 hectares of trees planted commercially.
Based on a yield of approximately 2500 kilograms a hectare, Australia would require about half a million trees, or 800 hectares planted, just to replace import levels. This is before considering the export potential from our disease free environment.
The above figures do not include hazelnuts imported in mixed nut form or as oil. Imports include in-shell nuts and kernel either whole or broken, diced, sliced, meal, butter or paste. Major users include chocolate manufactures such as Ferrero Rocher, Cadbury Schweppes and Nestle, as well as many smaller boutique manufactures. Hazelnuts are distributed throughout supermarkets and health stores, either in-shell, roasted or raw. They are used by bakers, chefs, food manufactures and confectioners, and can replace most other nuts in recipes.
Since Australia currently imports nearly all of its hazelnut requirements, there is a great opportunity for import replacement by planting, cultivation and distribution of fresh hazelnuts. "Fresh" is particularly noteworthy as most imported nuts are several months, or even as much as two years old, at time of importation.
Hazelnuts are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, contain no cholesterol and are an excellent source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
There is an excellent opportunity for the planting, growing and cultivation of an Export Crop in the Southern Hemisphere. This would allow the major Northern Hemisphere producers to have at their disposal a second crop midway through the year which would greatly enhance their cash flows.
Recent years have seen very impressive price rises worldwide due to the growing
demand for Hazelnuts for use as a “Health Nut” combined with
an upsurge in confectionary use.
Hazelnut Nursery Propagators
Hazelnut Nursery Propagators is the largest propagator of its type in Australia - producing true to variety planting material for the developing Australian and Southern Hemisphere Hazelnut tree Industry.