Assessing the Potential for a Gac (Cochinchin gourd) Industry in Australia

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49 pages
Code: 13-060
Published: 31 Jul 2013
Author(s): Sophie Parks, Minh Nguyen, David Gale , Carly Murray
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ISBN: 978-1-74254-553-0

Gac is a nutritious tropical fruit with very high concentrations of antioxidants compared with other well known fruits and vegetables. It is mildly flavoured and has applications as a fresh product and the potential for processing into nutrient supplements and/or orange-yellow natural colourants.

Gac may be suitable as a field crop in tropical and subtropical Australia, or as a greenhouse and summer crop in more temperate areas. However, little information is available on its cultivation and production requirements or on its potential marketability in Australia. This project aimed to provide growers with preliminary information on crop cultivation and potential markets for gac fruits.