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 Kentucky.  Center for Crop Diversification.

Discusses vegetables used in Hispanic cooking and links to crop profiles and production resources.

University of Kentucky. Center for Crop Diversification.

Marketing and production information for vegetables used in Asian cuisines. Links to Asian Crop Profile (PDF) for more detailed production and financial considerations.

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

Provides crop profiles, by crop name and country, of vegetables, herb and selected fruit crops popular with immigrant populations in the Northeastern United States. Focuses on sustainable production and marketing practices.

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.