Ethnic Crops

Small Bitter Melon (Copyright IStock).Spicy, bitter or hot: new flavors are offered by ethnic varieties. Find information about those fruits and vegetables customarily valued by people with common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic or cultural origin or background.

University of Massachusetts.; Rutgers University. Cooperative Research and Extension Service.

Provides crop profiles by region and country, and glossaries of vegetable, herb and selected fruit crops in English-Spanish and Spanish-English.

University of Massachusetts.

Information on ethnic crop production, seed sources and nutrition in mainly English, but with some information in Spanish, Khmer, Hmong, Vietnamese and Portuguese.

University of Kentucky. Cooperative Extension Service.

A fact sheet that covers the market potential, production, and economics of traditional and specialty Hispanic crops popular among Spanish speaking peoples originating from Mexico, Central America, South America, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. A table of crops with details including the parts eaten is included.

University of Kentucky. Cooperative Extension Service.

A fact sheet that covers the market potential, production, and economics of vegetable crops that have originated from East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, etc.).
They can also include crops of South Asia (India and Pakistan).

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

This study determines the current market for selected ethnic vegetables to help farmers grow crops with documented demand. The specific ethnic market subjects of study were the Asian and Hispanic segments, with the top two sub-groups within each of these segments were chosen for the study; Chinese and Asian Indian (Asian sub-groups) and Puerto Rican and Mexican (Hispanic sub-groups). Surveys were collected to assess ethnic produce demand, quantify the current market, and acquire purchase data for ethnic crops to prioritize selections for production trials. The result of the production research prioritization process based upon primarily survey demand, combined with production considerations, yielded a targeted list of 28 crops recommended for production trials.

Ag Marketing Resource Center.

Marketing and outlook information for ethnic crops.