Fruits & Vegetables

As in most Tropical Paridises, you would expect there to be an abundance of Fruits and Vegetables. St.Lucia is no exception.

Many household gardens have their own fresh supply of all types of fruits and vegetables. Mangoes, Breadfruit, Plantain, Guavas are to name just a few.

The breadfruit is reported to have been the main cause of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty. Captain Bligh was more interested in watering the breadfruit than his crew. It was thought that the large fruits/vegetables would supply food for the slaves in the Caribbean.

The sugar cane was first introduced into St.Lucia in 1764. The first sugar plantation was started in Vieux Fort in 1765. By 1789 there were 43 estates growing sugar on the island. Slaves were used to harvest the crops and there were approximately 16,000 in 1777. It was also at this time that the mongoose was introduced to get rid of the deadly snakes on the plantations.
The Banana, once the chief export and the econmic mainstay of The Caribbean, has now been overshadowed and overtaken as the main contributer to the economy by Tourism.

The coconut, known as the most useful tree in the world, is an intrinsic part of St.Lucian life. Found all across the island the coconut has many benifits including being used in the making of oil, coconut water and coconut milk.

Other major fruit crops are oranges, grapefruits, lemons, avocado, pineapples, soursop, passion fruit and golden apple.

Vegetables and tubers include yam, dasheen, sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, okra and tomato. Vegetable cultivation has increased due to the introduction of greenhouse technology.

Many of our fruits and vegetables have played an important role in the economic and cultural development of St.Lucia