Fruits and vegetables grown in Puerto Rico

The growing season in Puerto Rico lasts all year, due to the warm climate temperature being in the 70’s to 90’s.  At those temperatures, of course, there is no frost, no snow, no freezing.  You might want to know what produce is grown in Puerto Rico.  Puerto Ricans grow a wide assortment of tropical fruits and vegetables.  It feels like summer all year, although October to March are the more comfortable relatively cooler months and April to September are the warmer more humid months.

Ricardo Yamil 2020 Vote #2 in District 6 on August 9 Primary

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Puerto Rico agricultural clusters

Puerto Rico agricultural clusters

Aji, arugala, avocado/aguacate,  bananas, basil, batata/tropical sweet potato, breadfruit, cabbage, canteloupe, carambola, carrots, cassava/yuca, celery, chironja (cross between a china/orange and a toronja/grapefruit), cilantro, coconut, coffee, corn, cucumber, eggplant, ginger, grapefruit, green beans in pod, green pepper, guava, guaynababa/soursop, honey, honeydew melon, kale, lemons, lettuce, lima beans, limes, longan, lychee, mamey sapote (mam-EY sa-PO-tey), mangos, mangosteen, okra, onions, oranges, papaya, peppers, pigeon peas, pineapple, plantains, potatoes, pumpkin, quenepa, rambutan, sapodilla, soursop/guaynababa, soy, starfruit, sugarcane, sweet potato/batata, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelon, white beans in pod, yams, yuca/cassava, zucchini, are some of the main foods grown in Puerto Rico.

Weird fact:  Oranges in Puerto Rico are called Chinas, with the “i” pronounced as a long “e” sound like “cheenas.”

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10 Responses to Fruits and vegetables grown in Puerto Rico

  1. evy.dancer says:

    not help full at all


    • That’s ironic. How is your comment helpful? Have you suggested any other fruits and vegetables? Have you cited any inaccuracies in the post? What have you done to provide information or add value?

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      • Bob says:

        to evy.dancer #roasted

        to puertoriconewcomer you are absolutely correct. By the way what a great response to the negative comment. It was very truthful but hilarious at the same time. I just have one question, what fruits are the most popular during late Dec-early January because that is when we are going.

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      • Hi Bob,
        Thanks for your astute compliment!

        To see what is in season in early January, you could look at the local grocery store weekly ads, which are called “shoppers” in PR, to get an approximate idea, although some of the advertised produce comes from the states or other countries in South America. Elsewhere on this site you will find links to all the stores and their weekly ads. Some of those ads will show the countries of origin.

        In the Puerto Rican chain grocery stores, for example, globe grapes are often from Peru, apples from northern states, nectarines, plums from Chile. Some of the most common produce items grown in PR are almonds, avocados, bananas-grown all year, coconuts, mangos-peak season June, oranges-mostly for juicing, papaya, pineapple, rambutan-September, watermelon-June-July.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Could you tell me what is in season during April? Or when the best time to visit for the best season?


    • The growing season is year round, as it feels like summer all year. Having said that, the temperature is much hotter in June, July, August, so those are the worst months to be there for comfort. The most comfortable time for people in PR is November through February where its going to be in the 70’s to 80’s for temperature.

      I wouldn’t recommend basing your vacation to PR based on what produce is in season, but instead based on what days are most convenient for you or what flights are the cheapest. Having said that, May through August probably has the most locally grown produce available.


  3. Anonymous says:

    um helpufll


    • Quite humorous to get low education people saying this page is “unhelpful,” assuming that’s what you are trying to say. How is your comment helpful? Have you suggested any other fruits and vegetables? Have you cited any inaccuracies in the post? What have you done to provide information or add value?


  4. Stuart Cox says:

    I’m curious to know how apple growing does in PR.


    • PR is not known to be an apple growing area, because it’s too warm and doesn’t have a traditionally cold winter like in the states. The year round warm PR climate is good for citrus-oranges, grapefruit; bananas, papaya, mango, pineapple, avocado as fruits that grow well in warm weather. Apples need a cooler climate. In the USA, 60% of apples come from Washington state where the conditions for growing apples are ideal. Since apples requires a considerable period of dormancy, they thrive in areas having a distinct winter period, generally from latitude 30° to 60°, both north and south. Northward, apple growing is limited by low winter temperatures and a short growing season. Apples grow in a significant number of states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the New England states, according to the University of Illinois.

      Here is a visual map of where apples are generally grown in the USA:


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