Asian vegetables

Listed below are growing notes, information sheets, fact sheets, research results and Agnotes about how to grow a range of Asian vegetables in the Northern Territory (NT).

There are a number of different common names for many of the different vegetables. Read the Asian vegetable identification sheet PDF (909.3 KB) for more information.

Growers need to know about the Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus, which can affect melon crops.

Asian melons

Asian melons include luffa, sin qua, hairy melons and bitter melons - read the Asian Vegetable Identification Sheet PDF (909.3 KB) for more information on names of produce. These are all climbing annuals that grow best in the dry season.

For more information read the following:

Asian leafy vegetables

Asian leafy vegetables include Kangkong, Buk Choy and Wombok - read the Asian vegetable identification sheet PDF (909.3 KB) for more information on names of produce.

There are hundreds of different varieties, with a range of different growth habits - eg long or short stems, some suited to hydroponics etc.

Bamboo shoots

Edible bamboo shoots are a tropical or subtropical crop. There are several different varieties that can be grown as a vegetable in the Top End. These vary in size, colour, texture and bitterness.

For more information read:

Edible ginger

Edible ginger can refer to either the traditional Zingiber officinale, or the Asian Galangal (Alpinia Galangal). The Asian Galangal is well adapted to tropical conditions, whilst the traditional ginger requires a couple of years to establish before harvesting.

Read more about growing edible ginger.


Okra is a tropical and subtropical plant. Most of the plant is edible, although the pods are the main harvestable section.

For more information read the following:

Snake beans

Snake beans are commonly grown in the Top End. They produce beans around 30 cm long.

The major disease for this crop is Fusarium wilt, a soil borne pathogen.

Read more about plant pests and diseases.

For more information about snake beans read the following:

Watch the video Grafting snakebean or watch it on Youtube Grafting snakebean.

Pest and disease management

Insect pests

Visit the Northern Territory Insects Database to identify an insect pest and the damage it can cause.

For detailed information on the pests and diseases of vegetables read the field guide PDF (14.8 MB) to pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders of vegetables in northern Australia.

To get the field guide in Vietnamese go to the Territory NRM website.


Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV), is a plant disease which infects infects watermelon, cucumber, melons, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, bitter gourd, bottle gourd and some species of closely related weeds.

Read about cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.

Research results

Search the online publications library to find the results of research regarding individual vegetable and plant types.

General information

For more information about the names of Asian vegetables read the Asian vegetable identification sheet PDF (909.3 KB).

For detailed growing information read the Vegetable growing manual PDF (6.4 MB).

To read a range of general horticulture advice and information go to General advice for fruit and vegetable growers.

Green manure

Green manure crops are grown to protect soil from erosion and to improve soil structure, chemistry and biological health. Read more about green manure cropping in horticulture PDF (165.6 KB)

Industry associations

For information about the citrus industry visit the Ausveg or NT Farmers websites.

Last updated: 17 May 2017

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