Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Made in the USA. . .Or Not?
Last summer I traveled to Guatemala and I was stunned by the beauty of the flowers there! They had Bird of Paradise. . that grew wild! We pay a lot of money for those flowers here in the United States. Most of the flowers that we receive come from South American from countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile However, we also receive flowers from Italy, Holland, and Australia.
In the United States, Florida and California are at the top of the floral growing chain but they struggle to compete with foreign countries. The number one importer of flowers in the United States is Colombia. "Bogotá", in particular, one of our floral suppliers told me. Colombia's premier climate makes it possible for us to have flowers such as roses, alstroemeria, baby's breath, and delphinium.
According to aboutflowers.com, 66% of flowers are produced in Colombia, 15% are from Ecuador, and 6% are from the Netherlands. Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada all round of the top six list of flower importers at 3% of flowers coming from those countries.
So the next time you hold a fresh flower in your hand think to yourself "this flower traveled perhaps thousands of miles to be placed in an arrangement especially for me."