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Dill or no dill? Herb prices rocket in Australia, but consumers told to bide their thyme | Australia news

Charlotte Freeman was standing in the aisle of a fruit and vegetable store in Flemington, an inner suburb of Melbourne, when she was faced with the unthinkable.

A bunch of coriander for $11.

Some 3,000km north, Bob Galwey ventured out to the shops in Darwin to buy some mint and parsley. But the prices were so high, he was forced to make some tough decisions.

“I only got mint, because it seemed too bizarre to spend $14 on herbs when I was getting 500g of organic beef for $11,” he said.

Record rainfall in New South Wales has caused major supply shortages for popular herb varieties around Australia, exacerbated by three major floods within months.

Shaun Lindhe, the national communications manager at AusVeg, said market gardens in Queensland and NSW had been hit by weeks of floods, cold weather and rain, pushing up the price of many herbs.

“It’s the same issues we’re seeing with…

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