Commercialisation of Tasmanian Native Pepper
June 7, 2016
Time: 8 pm
Royal Society Room, Customs House, TMAG (entry via Dunn Place)
Davey Street HOBART
The Royal Society of Tasmania invites you to attend a lecture by Dr Matthew Wilson.
Tasmanian native pepper is a native plant of Tasmania and SE Australia whose fruit and leaves are harvested as “bushfoods”, famous for their rich aroma typical of the Australian bush. Its leaves can also be extracted for their plant extract components, and this extract is noted for its antifungal and antimicrobial properties which impart a crisp, spicy taste when used in food production. Native pepper is currently harvested almost exclusively from the wild, but the local industry believes that plantation production will generate both the yields and the consistency of quality necessary to significantly expand the industry. As native foods and flavours gain more attention and wider acceptance, new methods of production will be needed to meet greater demand, as well as quality and sustainability standards. Research to understand the growth of native pepper, and its potential for commercialisation in plantations, is vital for this ongoing success.
No admission charge
More information: www.rst.org.au
Event audience: Everyone