Re: [gardeners] Smuggling plants

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sun, 01 Feb 1998 07:35:06 -0700

At 11:39 PM 1/31/98 +1100, you wrote:
>At 1:12 AM +1100 31-1-98, Liz Albrook wrote:
>>Cheryl & Erich Schaefer <> wrote:
>>> It is true enough. I declared plant material coming back from Italy
>>> and the inspector told me that my cuttings and bare root plants were
>>> fine. The problem was soil. You can also apply for a permit to
>>> import plants with you if you know in advance what it is you want to
>>> bring back. Cheryl
>>It must depend on the country of origin.  My sister tried to bring in
>>one of the roots from which wasabe is made when she came from Japan
>>last summer.
>Amazing the Japanese didn't sushi you first.
>Iit is illegal to export from japan
>They hate anyone else to have it and  have an absolute monopoly on its
>Just as the Dutch did in the early days of the spice trade.
>Michael Bailes,  The Fragrant Garden, Portsmouth Road, Erina. N.S.W. 2250
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Wanna bet?  They're selling it in the Berkeley, Calif. area I hear.  Margaret