Homegrown Puerto Rico

Living now in Puerto Rico, I have recognized that with a little work, a person can eat quite healthy here and practically for free.

Many items can be grown here.

I have started a bit of a "gardening" mission myself. The purpose of this hub is to show you what can be grown here in Puerto Rico and how easy some of it is. There are fruits, nuts and vegetables in this list.

I will share some pictures of some of the plants I have started and I will also show you some of the food items you can easily grow here.

If a person is real enthusiastic, you can even set up a roadside stand and sell many of the items you grow.

Let's take a look at some of the Puerto Rican homegrown.

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Almond tree-excellent shade with tasty fruit.Almonds from the treeAlmond trees for sale. Are you in Puerto Rico and want to buy one? Just contact me.
Almond tree-excellent shade with tasty fruit.
Almond tree-excellent shade with tasty fruit. | Source
Almonds from the tree
Almonds from the tree | Source
Almond trees for sale. Are you in Puerto Rico and want to buy one? Just contact me.
Almond trees for sale. Are you in Puerto Rico and want to buy one? Just contact me. | Source

Almonds

Almond trees grow quite well here. They are an excellent shade tree and the almond is a great health benefit.

There are so many things you can make with almonds. Breads and cakes and I love almond pie. Some people make almond candy and sell it by the roadsides.

If you live here in Puerto Rico and would like almond trees for your yard or land, we have some potted to sell, just contact me and we can work something out.

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Pineapple

Pineapples are easily grown here in Puerto Rico. It is one of the largest crops of this wonderful island.

The way to grow a pineapple is you cut the top off a ripe pineapple and plant it.

If you love pineapple as much as I do....well, I believe I will plant the top of the one you see here. Mmm good!

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Oranges

I could probably live on oranges personally. I love them, but sometimes the acid content doesn't love me.

Driving the countryside of Puerto Rico you will see many orange trees. I am considering planting a couple orange trees myself.

You can eat them plain or make juice; the oranges here are excellent for both.

Passion fruit vines
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Passion Fruit

We have passion fruit or known as parcha here. The vines grow on the fence in front.

The fruit is golden yellow and is full of seeds.

The juice is just wonderful as is known to lower blood pressure.

Well, I'm feeling like some now after describing it, so I'm gonna go see if there are a couple ripe ones.

Coconuts
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Coconuts

Here is another great item that grows all over Puerto Rico. Coconuts are another fruit that is great for a person's health.

Something that is so wonderful is to cut the top off one of them and drink the water inside. It is sweet to the taste.

People make coconut candies and you can make a coconut milk.

Coconuts are used for many recipes here. This next link will give you a bunch of coconut recipes.

Pumpkins
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Pumpkin

Pumpkin grows quite well in Puerto Rico. They are very juicy and tasty.

Pumpkin can be used in many recipes and is a very healthy fruit.

I planted these plants at the top of the hill and when they have pumpkins I believe I will make some pumpkin bread.

Avocado tree
Avocado tree | Source

Avocados

If you visit Puerto Rico you will see some of the biggest and best avocados ever.

Avocados are used in many recipes and can be ate just plain.

Have you ever had grilled avocado? They are wonderful!

I planted this avocado tree and I am prepared to start reaping the harvest.

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Plantain PlantPuerto Rican Bananas
Plantain Plant
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Puerto Rican Bananas
Puerto Rican Bananas | Source

Plantains and Bananas

These two fruits are directly related. A plantain just looks like a big green banana. Both of these fruits grow everywhere down here.

Plantains are used in very many recipes including the famous Puerto Rico dish called mofongo.

I love bananas and since arriving here, I have come to love plantains.

I especially love plantains when they are starting to turn yellow and you cut them length wise and fry them. They are sweet and they call them amarillos.

Papaya
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Papaya

Something that I had never tasted until I came to Puerto Rico was papaya.

I Love it!!!

It is sweet and good for you. I just had to plant a papaya tree; well two actually.

I am considering planting many and importing to the United States. I could get rich selling this magnificent fruit.

Much More

There are so many other things you can grow in Puerto Rico.

I have a tomato plant going. It is doing quite well for late January. Never would have that in the Midwest United States.

Sugar grows here; coffee grows here. Ahhh the coffee... the best I have ever had.

Maybe once all the harvest starts coming, I, like many others, will set up the Gringo roadside stand and sell our harvest.

The video below the picture shows many more fruits that grow here.

I love Puerto Rico!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck

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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Awesome hub and how fortunate you are to be able to grow such a bounty of nutritious foods:)


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I eat for free in Jamaica too. And still people refuse to farm.


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Betty Ruiz 4 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Don't forget to try these: mangoes, algarroba (carob in English), tamarind, lemon and lime, guanábana (sour-sop in English), pitahaya (troll-fruit or dragon fruit in English), anón, corazón, caimito, grapefruit, jagua, quenepas, guayabas (guava in English), carambola, cerezas, acerolas (great source in vitamin C), breadfruit (panapén in English), batatas (sweet potatoes in English), malanga, yautía, ñame... and many, many others easily grown with little effort but with much love and appreciation. There are many spices and herbs you can grow in the garden for excellent Creole cooking as well, Greg.


Maria Ruiz 4 years ago

Good hub, I am proud of the way your plants are growing. One of my motivations in the mornings is when I see your work by the window and smell the coffee you are doing for us. Thanks, froggie for being in my life. Blesses!!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I am now in your beautiful country of Puerto Rico. I love it here. I've written a couple of Hubs about PR. I live in S. Fl. and have been here for a month. We stopped yesterday and got some great Papayas and Avacodos. I did not know all these other things grow in PR. This is an ideal place to live!


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Glad you are here Mary--I just wrote another hub about this wonderful country.

We go to church at Vineyard in Hato Rey if you would like to visit--Sundays 9:30 am .


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'll check out your Hub I am staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Hato Rey. I'll ask my hostess if she is aware of your church. Goodnight.


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

It's in the subway office if she knows where that is.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hola Froggy213, soy Josmary, la "hostest" de Mary en Puerto Rico. A cuál iglesia es la que asistes? Gracias, ett Josmary


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

It is Metro Vineyard Josmary in the subway offices at 9:30 am


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Thanks, Froggy, I'll let Josmary know.

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