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Costa Rica Agriculture

Mamon Chino
Mamon Chino

Agriculture in Costa Rica has been around for hundreds of years and it is believed that it began in 3000 BC with the raising of fruit trees such as avocado, “nance” and guapinol as well as tubers such as yucca and “name”. Later on in the development of Costa Rica’s agriculture, corn became a staple item and that hasn’t changed since. Click through the different sections of our site to find more information on the import and export markets for fruits and vegetables, Costa Rica’s history tied to agriculture and recipes using Costa Rican ingredients.

These are the basic agricultural products of Costa Rica:

Star Fruit
Star Fruit

Where can you get these Costa Rican agricultural products? Your best choice is to go to the several Farmers’ markets located throughout Costa Rica. There you can purchase bananas, strawberries, guavas, mangoes, apples, melons, blackberries, oranges and papayas, and you can get vegetables such as squash, eggplant, broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and carrots. Although you cannot take fresh produce with you overseas, you can enjoy the fruit and vegetables while you’re visiting or you may even take fruit preserves or dehydrated products with you. Costa Rica’s organic products are also available to you as beauty supplies and personal hygiene products such as export quality shampoos, lotions, creams, soaps, toiletries and much more, which you can purchase in supermarkets.

Some Costa Rica agriculture products you may want to try:

Cashew Fruit
Cashew Fruit

Agriculture in Costa Rica is probably the foremost factor in the progress and growth of this tiny Central American country. The main products you’ll find in Costa Rica are: Banana and coffee fresh fruits such as pineapple, papaya, mango and watermelon, fruit pulps and juices, milk and dairy products, shrimp and tuna fish. About half of this production is purchased by North America. Costa Rica agriculture has defined much of the way ticos live: The diet is strongly based on products individual farmers raise in truck gardens for their daily sustenance. Corn, beans, yucca, vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce and capsicum are commonly found in backyards in rural areas, and even in the city it is not uncommon for families to have fruit bearing trees in their gardens.

Organic agriculture in Costa Rica and organic farming has grown in popularity and more farmers are turning to this sustainable development current. coffee has been one of the first products to follow the current and cacao, banana were quick to follow. Now it is common for the local market to offer organic products such as tomatoes, lettuce, celery, cucumbers, string beans, beets, chayote, broccoli, bananas, plantains and more. Hand in hand with the growth of organic products has been the rise of Fair Trade agriculture products, where buyers can purchase directly from the producers or with the least quantity of intermediaries. Ask our travel advisors about the best locations to find and taste this Costa Rica agriculture products and to enjoy a taste of the tico produce.