New Brunswick, N.J. (June 9, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick ethnic crop research specialist Albert Ayeni is available for interviews on growing non-native crops in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic, including exotic peppers, okra, roselle (sorrel), tropical spinach (amaranths) and tiger nuts (chufa).

“With the demographic changes expected over the next 20 years, the food industry should prepare to meet the crop preferences of Asian and Hispanic consumers, particularly with foods commonly grown in India, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico,” Ayeni said. “Rutgers agricultural scientists have found that several crops important to Asian and Hispanic consumers may be produced successfully on the East Coast. The next phase of our work is to characterize the economic opportunities these crops offer to the agricultural economy in this region.”

Here is more information on ethnic crops in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic:

To interview Ayeni, contact Todd Bates at [email protected]


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