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