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The Australian chestnut industry operates principally in the southern states of Australia, including
Approximately 70% of the national crop is grown in north east Victoria.
The main varieties grown are Red Spanish, Purtons Pride and De CoppiMarone.
Chestnuts flower during November and December and are harvested from March through to May.
Many chestnut orchards are small family-owned orchards, but there are several large-scale commercial plantings, and the average size of new orchards is increasing.
Markets - present and future
The Australian Chestnut industry is developing new processing techniques for frozen peeled chestnuts, chestnut meal, flour and puree products, all of which have the potential to expand the market in Australia and internationally.
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Currumbin Waters Q 4223
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