North Australian native rice: Market evaluation of a potential new wild food enterprise

North Australian native rice: Market evaluation of a potential new wild food enterprise Report

  • Author(s): Wurm, Penny, Bellairs, Sean
  • Tertiary Author(s): AgriFutures
  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: AgriFutures
  • Volume: 18/032

Abstract: This Northern Territory (NT) study aims to build on a previous study of the food qualities of native rices, by undertaking a preliminary assessment of the market for wild rice food products and an estimation of the costs involved in a small scale pilot harvest. In order to do this, the project brings together Traditional Owners and enterprise developers, researchers and potential product buyers. Australian native rices (Oryza rufipogon and O. meridionalis) are an abundant and widespread resource on floodplains across monsoonal Australia , where remote and rural communities are keen to expand economic opportunties. Native Australian rice has been harvested and consumed by Indigenous people until historical times (Ashwin 1930; Fukiwarra 1985). Previous RIRDC-funded work on the grain properties of Australian native rices indicates that native rice collected from the wild is nutritious and has suitable cooking qualities as a food product (Wurm et al. 2012). Wild rice is a likley candidate for a investigation of product and market development, in line with a growing number of native species that are finding niche markets (Gorman and Whitehead 2005).

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Wurm, Penny, Bellairs, Sean, 2018, North Australian native rice: Market evaluation of a potential new wild food enterprise, Volume:18/032, Report, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=13860.

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