As California faces historic drought, the US may have to rely on others for the produce that we take for granted. One potential supplier is Peru. Blessed with an abundance of rich topsoil & ample food stocks, Peru may continue to grow as a popular source of everything from avocados to quinoa.
I try to keep up with the news as much as I can, and Yrma often points out things that may be of interest. We watch with particular attention to news that affect the Peruvian economy, and we tend to focus of course on agricultural imports, in particular coffee & chocolate. Here’s several translated articles that you may enjoy.
The Lima Chamber of Commerce recorded a six-fold expansion of the crop. (Photo: Andina/Melina Mejia)
6 Fold Increase in Production
From Peru This Week:
Growth in the quinoa market increased from 8 new markets in 2013 to 18 new markets in 2014. These markets include major importers such as Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China, and later Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Romania and Portugal in 2014.
According to Carlos Garcia, manager of CCEX, the main market for Peruvian quinoa above all is the United States.
Of the varieties of quinoa, white quinoa is the most commonly exported making up 85%, followed by red quinoa at 10%.
In 2014, quinoa finished fourth in major agricultural products exported after grapes, asparagus, and avocados.