SPECIALTY VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN FLORIDA, USA1
Specialty vegetables are becoming more important in the marketplace, and offer an attractive alternative for vegetable growers. Evaluations of calabaza or Cuban squash (Cucurbita moschata (Duchesne) Poir., leek (Allium ampeloprasum L.), miniature eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) and miniature squash (Cucurbita pepo L.), pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.), snowpea (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon Serv.) and icebox and seedless watermelon (Citrullis lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum and Naki indicated excellent commercial production potential. Snowpea production, however, may be limited by high harvest labor requirements. Radicchio (Cichorium intybus L.) and rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum L.) production offers promise, but availability of suitable planting stock and varieties may limit production. Little or no potential for commercial production is indicated for globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.), pepino (Solanum muricatum Ait.), or shallot (Allium cepa L. Aggregatum group) in west-central Florida at this time.
Maynard, D.N. (1989). SPECIALTY VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN FLORIDA, USA1. Acta Hortic. 242, 203-216