List of Foods That Grow in Mexico

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Mexico’s warm climate makes it the perfect place to grow food year round and large amounts of available land is cultivated to grow large crops. Many different crops grown in Mexico are often exported to the United States, Canada and Japan. Exporting these different foods is excellent for Mexico's economy.

Mexican agriculture workers cultivating romaine lettuce
Mexican agriculture workers cultivating romaine lettuce (Image: John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Grain Crops and Legumes

Popular grains grown in Mexico include corn, wheat, rice, sorghum and beans. They are popularly used in Mexican cuisine, but are also frequently exported to other countries. Corn is commonly used in Mexico to create tortilla wraps and chips, and beans are used in many Mexican dishes.

Beans in a market in San Cristobal de Casas, Mexico
Beans in a market in San Cristobal de Casas, Mexico (Image: OscarEspinosa/iStock/Getty Images)

Fruits

Fruit is one of the most valuable exports for Mexico's economy. A large variety of fruit is grown in Mexico due to its fertile soil, which is ideal for fruit trees, and a climate that allows the production and harvest of fruit almost year round. Popular fruit grown in Mexico include apples, oranges, grapes, tangerines, tomatoes, grapefruits, pears, bananas, lemons, limes, mangoes, watermelons, peaches, nectarines, pineapples, strawberries and avocados.

Bananas being washed at Santa Cruz plantation in Ciudad Hilgado, Chiapas, Mexico
Bananas being washed at Santa Cruz plantation in Ciudad Hilgado, Chiapas, Mexico (Image: John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Other Crops

Mexico also exports a large amount of coffee, sugar cane and cocoa. While many Mexican cultures use these crops as part of their food source, they are also exported. Coffee is an important export from Mexico to the United States as many U.S. states don't have the right climate or type of soil to grow coffee plants. Sugar cane is another crop whose export has greatly improved Mexico's economy over the years.

Coffee bean branch on Mexican plantation
Coffee bean branch on Mexican plantation (Image: Andy Dean/Hemera/Getty Images)

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