What we grow / Vegetables / Leafy greens

Leafy greens. Photo: Tetiana Kolubai / iStock.

Tasmania’s cool temperate climate and reliable access to clean water supports the production of a broad range of salad and leafy greens which are full of flavour and have good shelf life.

Tasmania produces 10% of the national volume which is worth some $47 million.

Primarily grown in the South East with some also grown in the Central North West.

Tasmania grows salad greens year round, which are harvested every 12 weeks throughout the year.

Trade data

Main harvest season


Main harvest season

Main types

green and red leaf lettuce, Napa cabbage, Iceberg, Romaine, Escarole, Butter or Boston lettuce, baby spinach, chicory, and cos lettuce

Key markets

  • Local (yes)
  • Domestic (yes)
  • Export (no)

Total production volume of Tasmanian leafy greens 2020/21


Estimated value of Tasmanian leafy greens production (AUD)


Pest Free Area status

Being a remote island surrounded by water and aided by a robust biosecurity system, Tasmania remains free from many plant-related pests and diseases. This freedom means our produce can be exported with minimal, if any, phytosanitary treatment.

Major growing regions around the island

Tasmanian leafy greens are grown predominantly in the Central North West and South East regions of the state.

Major growing regions around Tasmania for leafy greens.

Import pathways for lettuce from Tasmania

Map showing Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asian countries

Tasmania’s relative pest free status offers trade opportunities for importing countries seeking access to Tasmanian grown produce.

This information is extracted from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements which is frequently updated. Please validate this information before proceeding further.

View these import pathways for all produce types.

  • Open without restriction

    • Hong Kong
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore

    The importing country has no phytosanitary restrictions for entry into the market.

  • Open with preferential conditions

    • China
    • European Union
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Myanmar
    • Philippines
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Vietnam

    Open to Tasmania, without requiring any phytosanitary treatment.

  • No existing pathway

    • Cambodia
    • India
    • United States

    No arrangements have been developed to make trade between the two countries possible, or trade is currently not allowed.

Through the generations our growers feel the pulse of the seasons and heartbeat of this land. They understand what thrives here — they take the time to grow produce with care. Meet some of our passionate, committed and knowledgeable Tasmanian growers…

Looking to buy Tasmanian grown vegetables?

Submit your interest and we will share your details with Tasmanian growers.