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Our Story, So Far…

Shima Wasabi is an innovative boutique food producing company located in northwest Tasmania, Australia.  

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.  

Winner of the prestigious

ABC delicious Magazine award for

"best Australian food product from the Earth

2011  (presented by MasterChef's Matt Preston).  

We backed this up with a Medal in the

same category in 2012.

Shima Wasabi Pty Ltd

Tasmania, Australia

ABN   30 128 404 777

0488 556 678



Member of Brand Tasmania