locally grown produce in puerto rico

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  1. Gatica says:

    I feel your pain! This is a big concern of mine too. While vacationing at my home in Arecibo, usually for a month and a half, I most certainly miss all the wide variety of veggies and spices that I eat back in California. My diet consists of kale, swiss chard, snap peas, jalapeños, bell peppers, green onions, pea sprouts, and lots of FRESH tempeh. I also use a lot of Indian spices which are hard to come by too. I feel pretty sluggish by the end of my visit. After the first week in PR I’ve had about enough yucca, mofongo, pernil, tostones, arroz con habichuelas. My husband being Cuban doesn’t seem to mind since Cubans and Puerto Ricans have similar diets. We have resorted to eating a lot of grilled chillo, black beans, and a salad of avocado, tomato and onion with a little bit of lemon or red wine vinegar and olive oil drizzled lightly over it. I wish there was a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods out there. We also have some plans of growing a few things once we’re there permanently. Oh yeah, Mexican food, wow, we definitely are going to miss good Mexican food!!!

  2. Cassie says:

    Greens can be grown here. It’s just much more time intensive, less profitable with not as much demand culturally! So, if it’s really important to you, grow your own! Kale grows fairly easily. We have a friend we grows it and it’s delicious. Mustard greens. Romaine. Lechuga del pais. arugula, basil, tropical spinach. You may have to reseed often though as lettuce bolts quickly in heat. Tomatoes can be grown here as well. But mostly just the little ones like cherries because the big ones are susceptible to rot or bursting with too much water. Peppers, eggplant, okra, watermelon. A cinch. I’m with most Puerto Ricans though…far easier to grow a tree and forget about it until it bears then it is to tend a delicate garden and weed it all the time, replant it constantly and keep the iguanas out. Definitely not slim pickings if you are willing to change your diet to what is available and seasonal.

  3. Gatica says:

    I’ll tweak the diet! Living in PR is well worth it. Actually it’s not that hard, as long as I have garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper I’m cool! Well I’m outta here… time for the morning jog. I’ll be
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  4. Barbara Schutt says:

    I’d definitely try growing greens, David. The rest of your plants look great. Here in Illinois we grow many sorts of greens and just about everything you could think of. Have you tried the batata or the squash (casava, I think it is) that has a rich orange hue? We discovered them this last visit in Rincon and they both are delicious!

    1. Holly says:

      Hi Barbara, David and I have tried both batata and the orange calabaza squash, and like them. We used to eat the orange sweet potatoes often in Texas, but have switched over to the local batatas. They have a denser, drier texture and don’t make sweet potato fries quite the same, but have a delicious flavor when fried into thin chips (batatas fritas) or roasted whole! We use calabaza in our Puerto Rican beans and rice and for homemade pumpkin pie during the holidays. We are able to grow leaf lettuce, but are still working on kale and other cool weather greens. I think it’s just a matter of finding the right combination of water and sunlight, both of which can be tricky given our limited growing space here at the condo, but I am determined! ;)

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  7. Johnny Laconte says:

    I see you found Fred selling his famous tomatoes in Rincón. This is an excellent market, now open all season so you should find plenty of greens there for your family.

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