Field of yel­low not all mel­low

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

TAS­MA­NIA’S only yel­lowseeded mus­tard crop is in full bloom and will be har­vested in late Jan­uary for pre­mium condi­ments to be ex­ported to Asia.

The crop is grown by Michael Ni­chols from Red­bank Farms and all of the seed har­vested goes to the com­mer­cial kitchen at nearby Hill Farm Pre­serves to be made into a se­lec­tion of mus­tard prod­ucts.

Mr Ni­chols said 8.5ha was un­der crop and he should col­lect about 1.5 tonne of seed per hectare.

Last year, Hill Farm Pre­serves se­cured a lu­cra­tive mus­tard ex­port deal with a South Korean bak­ery chain.

Now its mus­tard is go­ing to Sin­ga­pore, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong as the com­pany ex­pands its ex­ports, which has tra­di­tion­ally fo­cused on Ja­pan.

The Sis­ters Hills busi­ness has shipped its first batch of mus­tards to Hu­ber’s Butchery and Bistro in Sin­ga­pore in time for the busy Christ­mas pe­riod.

The deal was se­cured af­ter Hill Farm Pre­serves sent a del­e­ga­tion to the Sin­ga­porean trade show in April.

Hill Farm Pre­serves owner Karin Luttmer said Hu­ber’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Hu­ber was in­tro­duced to the Tas­ma­nian mus­tard and liked what he tasted.

“He par­tic­u­larly liked our Pub Mus­tard, which is one of five mus­tards to be re­tailed in the Hu­ber’s store,” Ms Luttmer said.

The mus­tard range also in­cludes Horse­rad­ish, Moroc­can, Red­bank and Tas­ma­nian Wasabi.

“The Moroc­can and Red­bank seeded mus­tards fea­ture yel­low mus­tard seeds and the re­main­ing creamy paste mus­tards in­clude canola oil cold pressed from canola seeds grown on the ad­ja­cent farm by Mr Ni­chols,” Ms Luttmer said.

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