We saw towns that were completely devoted to one crop, the "Olive Capital of the world", the "Artichoke Capital of the world", the "Lettuce Capital of the world". There were towns smelling like garlic, towns surrounded by rice fields, date palm groves (btw, dates are delicious (Mrs. Dr. V was in heaven and ate an ENTIRE box of dates by herself. Ok, she tried to share, but they were too sweet for me), almonds,... Seems whatever you want to grow, you can grow here, provided you have water of course.
Following is a selection of crops we saw, admittedly incomplete. Some of the identifications are "drive-by" identifications, as most farms are fenced in and protected by gates and "No Trespassing" signs. Feel free to correct or disagree.
|Mandarin oranges (I am pretty confident about this one :) )
|Assorted lettuces (miles and miles of lettuces, including the same brand of Romaine Heads that we buy at the Stop and Shop)
|Garlics (As you might imagine, the air smelled pretty ripe for quite a few miles when we passed by the town claiming to be the garlic center of the country)
|Not sure what this is, but a nice shot showing what water can do
|This may be a left-over sign, there has been a lot of rain in the last few months
|Definitely a cork oak. (Its hard to see in this picture just how thick the bark is, but it is WICKED thick.)
|Six foot tall rosemary