Tasmania: Frequently Asked Questions


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Tasmanian Economy

Why is Tasmania called the 'Apple Isle'?

It is true that the island of Tasmania resembles an apple to some slight degree, but the real reason Tasmania became known as the 'Apple Isle' is because for many years, it was one of the world's major apple producers.

Apples are still grown in large numbers, particularly in southern Tasmania, but modern agriculture is more diversified. Tasmania's apples recently gained distinction as the first to be approved by the Japanese government for import, due to their verifiable pest-free status.

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