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Various unidentified cultivars are grown in Jamaica, but preference is given by consumers to smooth red skin types with white flesh.

Varietal selectiona. Scotch Bonnet versus West Indian or Jamaican Red – where scotch bonnet has very high export demand, especially during the winter months, it however suffers heavy viral infestation.

Papayas grow in tropical climates and are also known as papaws or pawpaws. Their sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of health benefits they provide make them a popular fruit.

A variety of taro root, dasheen is a starchy edible tuber that can be used as a potato, however, it must be cooked. Raw dasheen is toxic.

Callaloo is a leafy green sometimes called bhajgee. It is similar to spinach, which is sometimes substituted when callaloo is not available.

Cabbage, which is often lumped into the same category as lettuce because of their similar appearance, is actually a part of the cruciferous vegetable family

Breadfruit derives its name from the fact that the fruits, when baked or roasted, have a starchy, dense consistency similar to bread or root crops such as potatoes, yams, or sweet potatoes.

The avocado pear, belonging to the plant group Persea americana, is commonly known in Jamaica simply as “pears”. It is a native of the Tropical Americas, and flourishes in areas with over 15 cm (60 inches) of rain fall per annum, at between 55 and 550 metres elevation.

1. Harvest only matured produce.

2. Proper harvesting/reaping techniques are essential e.g. in reaping fruits, use a technique which avoids them falling to the ground; do not damage the tubers with the fork or machete.