Shima Wasabi is an innovative boutique food producing company located in northwest
The company was founded by Stephen and Karen Welsh who spent over 12 years researching
and perfecting the art of growing authentic Japanese wasabi.
All our wasabi products are 100% pure Japanese wasabi (Wasabia japonica) grown on
our own farm on the island state of Tasmania - an area world-renowned for its natural
beauty and unspoilt wilderness.
We use rainwater captured on site with a unique hydroponic production system to grow
our precious wasabi crops within a state-of-the-art climate-controlled greenhouse,
to produce premium-quality wasabi rivaling the very best produced in Japan.
Our wasabi is grown for two years then carefully harvested and prepared by hand to
ensure optimum quality and product integrity at all times.
Underpinning our success is a small team of dedicated staff and an R&D program focused
on continual improvement of all our processes and practices so we can provide our
customers with the very best products.
Our fresh wasabi is now used daily by leading chefs in over 60 of Australia’s top
restaurants and our clientele ranges from boutique eateries to award-winning and
internationally-acclaimed establishments in all corners of the country.
Shima Wasabi also produces concentrated dried wasabi spices for food manufacturing
which are used by customers in Australia, Asia and Europe in an ever-expanding range
of food products.
With the launch of our new Pure Wasabi Powder in 2014, Shima Wasabi is one of very
few companies worldwide able to offer a 100% pure wasabi product conveniently packaged
for home use.
HACCP certification is held with independant audits conducted by Aus-Qual to give
our customers and consumers even greater confidence in the quality and food safety
of our products.
We've also begun commercial trials of several new food crops to expand our production
base and create new niche market segments for specialty Tasmanian produce in the
international food service industry.
Like wasabi, these crops are incredibly rare and offer exotic flavour and aroma attributes.
Most have never been grown in Australia before, so stay tuned for some fascinating
new product releases!
In case you’re
wondering, the word “Shima” means Island
in Japanese, thus
Shima Wasabi literally translates to Island Wasabi.
Shima Wasabi won the 2012
Australian Micro Business of the Year
at the Telstra Australian Business Awards,
as well as Tasmanian Micro Business and Tasmanian Regional Business of the Year.