[NAFEX] RE: CBHL: Fruit of Mexico

Teghtmeyer, Suzanne R srt175f at smsu.edu
Fri Aug 13 17:28:46 EDT 2004

It's funny what people consider 'exotics' these days. Mass transportation and overnight delivery have made exotics commonplace, at least here in the States. Did you know that there are at least 16 different varieties of kiwifruit, but most people only know about the one variety, 'Hayward' (in France they are called souris végétales, or 'vegetable mice'!
 Just today I was looking for information on the tayberry, an exotic-sounding black raspberry/loganberry cross that is quite popular in American fruit-grower circles, but rarely known to the rest of the population. Then there are dewberries, sunberries, thimbleberries.....
Sorry - my meandering exotic-fruit thread is now cut.  :-)

From: Tracy Mehlin [mailto:tmehlin at u.washington.edu] 
Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 3:51 PM
To: Teghtmeyer, Suzanne R; cbhl at flounder.com
Subject: Re: CBHL: Fruit of Mexico
Thank you, Suzi, Allyson and Janet for your replies.  My patron will be happy, although I imagine he believes people in Mexico are eating exotic fruits, but it sounds like they eat many of the same ones we eat.  
	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Teghtmeyer, Suzanne R <mailto:srt175f at smsu.edu>  
	To: Tracy Mehlin <mailto:tmehlin at u.washington.edu>  ; cbhl at flounder.com 
	Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 12:36 PM
	Subject: RE: CBHL: Fruit of Mexico
	Hi Tracy,
	Not a book, but from three/four websites I found the following info:
	Founded in 1553 by Fray Juan de San Miguel, Uruapan today is a tranquil city of about 250,000 inhabitants. Located some 120 kilometers from Michoacan's capital, Morelia, Uruapan is accessible from that city via a new highway that passes through Patzcuaro in the nearby mountains.
	The region is well known for it's agriculture - particularly the production of the finest avocados in the country. There are also extensive orchards of oranges and grapefruit in the Nueva Italia area to the south along Highway 37, and travelers on that route can often come across citrus stands on the side of the highway where sackfuls of these fruits can be purchased at very reasonable cost.
	Today, Michoacan is one of the most important international producers of avocados besides being between the first places of the production of mango, strawberry, lemon, banana, wheat and rice to name a few commodities. The main objective in agriculture is to create growth of these products by giving them added value by supporting businesses that process these products.
	- Economy - 
	Agricultural activities produce a wide variety of products in Michoacán. The state's production of avocado is currently the largest in Mexico. Michoacán occupies third place for its production of chickpea and lemon, and fourth place for its production of sesame and sorghum. Sugar cane, corn and wheat are also cultivated.
	Did you know that almost all Mexico's strawberries are produced in Guanajuato and Michoacán?
	You can also get into FAOSTAT, the on-line database of records covering international statistics, maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). [http://faostat.fao.org/faostat/collections?version=ext&hasbulk=0&subset=agriculture]
	Selecting "Commodity Balances: Crops Primary Equivalent" will give production numbers for specific fruits for all of Mexico. The most recent year of data is 2001.
	Hope this helps!
	----Suzi Teghtmeyer
	Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science
	Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station and Mid-America Viticulture and Enology Center, 
	Southwest Missouri State University, Mountain Grove Campus
	Evans Library Homepage: http://library.smsu.edu/paulevans/
	AgNIC Viticulture site: http://library.smsu.edu/paulevans/viticulture1.shtml
	Email: srt175f at smsu.edu
	-----Original Message-----
	From: Tracy Mehlin [mailto:tmehlin at u.washington.edu] 
	Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 12:40 PM
	To: cbhl at flounder.com
	Subject: CBHL: Fruit of Mexico
	We have a reference question that we were able to find a bit of information
	on, but I think other CBHL libraries might have just the book:
	What are the fruits a person living in Michoacan Mexico might eat?
	Any ideas of sources would be appreciated.
	Tracy L. Mehlin        206-543-0415
	Library Specialist     tmehlin at u.washington.edu
	Elisabeth C. Miller Library
	Center For Urban Horticulture
	University of Washington
	Box 354115
	Seattle, WA 98195-4115
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