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Native vs Introduced Garden Fruits and Vegetables in the US

People in the United States who have gardens or who grow their own vegetables and fruits often don’t give much thought to which of those plants are native to the US. For that matter, people who simply buy their produce in US stores usually don’t think about it either. However, you might be a little surprised at how many commonly grown fruits and vegetables are not native to the US. Let’s look at some of the most commonly grown fruits and vegetables.

Feel free to vote for your favorite fruits and vegetables.

#11 Squash

Once again, squashes, which include pumpkins and cucumbers, aren't native to the US. They are gourds that came from South America, primarily near and in the Andes Mountains. Despite this, the US is one of the leaders for commercial squash production, producing many millions of pounds of squash. California leads the US in squash production.

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#12 Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have been grown and eaten for about 5,000 years, but they originally come from Central and South America and not from the US.

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#13 What is native to the US?

So what fruits and vegetables are commonly grown in home gardens in the US and sold in stores that are actually native to the region of the US? Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all native plants. There are a few more, though they aren't commonly grown in most home gardens. 

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    • We eat a lot of green salads around here; chef’s salads, tuna salads, crab louie, wilted leaf salad, regular green salad, watercress salad, and so forth.

      I’ve planted a bunch of potatoes this year, but I don’t know how well they’ll do. If the weather is right for tomatoes, it probably isn’t going to produce too many potatoes. If the weather is great for potatoes, the tomato crop will most likely be small. lol

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