My friends James and Terri posted some images of weddings and mentioned the amazing amount some people spend on flowers. One Jekyll Island wedding cost $100,000 – just on flowers! (See: There Goes The Bride 2) I commented and ‘wondered’ if those flowers came from Ecuador, which prompted the question, “Does Ecuador export a lot of flowers?”
While sipping coffee, eating patacones con queso and drinking a fresh fruit juice at the Hostal Charito in Mindo Ecuador, I did a search and discovered some interesting data.
From this USA site regarding trade with Ecuador: The five largest import (Ecuador to USA) categories in 2011 were: Mineral Fuel (crude) ($7.5 billion), Fish and Seafood (shrimp and prawns) ($673 million), Edible Fruit and Nuts (bananas, plantains) ($511 million), cocoa ($247 million), and Live Trees and Plants (cut flowers-roses) ($149 million).
While waiting to travel from Quito to Mindo, I watched many deliveries of flowers come and go via various buses. The flowers were beautiful peering from their temporary cardboard shelters!
From www.ecuador.com: Flowers grown in Ecuador for exportation include: Astromelias, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Daisies, Limonium, Gypsophila (“Baby’s Breath”), Liatris, Heliconias, Carnations, 60 varieties of roses, Gerbera daisies, Sunflowers, and Chrysanthemums. There are surely more, like the statelyc cobalt Agapanthus that anchors many gardens in higher elevations or the many-colored varieties of ginger.
A three-bus 7-hour journey delivered me back to Jama late last night. The thump-thump-thumping from a “San Pedro-San Pablo” fiesta planted a sense of dread that there would be no rooms at the inn! Nearby Ciragan Hostal was full, and I suspected that all rooms would be full for another weekend celebration of the yearly event. Luckily the local ‘super’ market was still open, so I purchased a few items for home and took a four-dollar mototaxi ride to the riverhouse.
Ah, it was great to be home, and the thump-thump-thump of the music stretched its fingers five kilometers to remind me to be thankful to be home and not attempting slumber in town!
Luckily these flower images were uploaded in Mindo, as I am back on the river where the internet moves at a syrupy pace. Have a good week, everyone, and I’ll be posting and commenting at the whim of the internet connection!