New Zealand looking likely to face a shortage of garlic

Food 09/03/2020

Since the global Coronavirus outbreak made it's way to New Zealand, Kiwis are making the move to stock up on healthy foods that can help keep their immune system nice and strong.

While it's not a silly idea, it does mean that we are facing an inevitable shortage of garlic as garlic growers struggle to keep up with the demand for the herb.

Seventy percent of local garlic is grown by company Murphy's New Zealand which supplies supermarkets across the country, Newshub reports.

Speaking to the news outlet, CEO of the company John Murphy revealed that since COVID-19 hit NZ soil, there has been a very strong demand.

"There has been a demand in the market for garlic, because people see them as a naturally healthy product," said Murphy.

Disruption to trade and hold-ups in ports had also seen less imported product, he said.

However while there was increased demand, it had come after a poor growing season, when production was down due to last year's hail storm in Canterbury. 

Murphy said the likelihood of a garlic shortage was very likely.

"We grow 70 percent of New Zealand's garlic and unfortunately in a year when we have had more demand, but we have had a poor growing season, so our product is smaller and not as pretty as normal."

"We would love to have a big crop to send out, but unfortunately we don't."