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Jamaican hot peppers (Capsicum Spp.) and value-added products are hotly sought after by lovers of spicy foods both locally and internationally. The condiment is required in the local fresh market as well as in the export and agro-processing industry. In 2009, approximately 10,566,000kg of hot peppers were produced island-wide.

Dasheen is sometimes called taro, eddo, or malanga, although malanga is grouped as Xanthosoma sp. Dasheen is a tall growing tropical plant that resembles the ornamental elephant ear plant and the cocoyam.

Yam, any of the several plant species of the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreae) is native to the warmer regions of both hemispheres. 

Sweet potato is an annual root crop that is grown and used widely across Jamaica . There are various unidentified cultivars grown in Jamaica but consumer give preference to smooth, red skin types with white flesh.

The mango is one of the world's most valued fruit. It is a major crop in some tropical and sub-tropical countries. It is found consistently within the markets of North America, Europe and Asia.

Hot pepper has remained one of Jamaica 's most promising non-traditional export crop. There are many varieties of hot pepper, however the ones that are of economic importance in Jamaica are the Scotch Bonnet and West Indian Red peppers.

Callaloo is a leafy succulent plant that is consumed as a vegetable. It is planted year round in all parishes. It is considered a winter crop by most exporters, due to the fact that demand for this vegetable is highest during the winter season.

The Breadfruit is a common food tree in  Jamaica .  It was introduced from Tahiti in about 1792 by Captain William Bligh, and soon became an important food source for slaves. 

Ensure that all projecting nails, splinters and sharp edges are removed from handling containers. Where field baskets are used, make sure that all protruding nails and staples are properly clenched.

The degree of maturity will depend on the market requirement, i.e. cherry ripe for processing, fully ripe, firm, for hotels and fast food outlets, pink to ripe for  green grocers  and supermarket, and mature and green for extended shelf life.