Why Some Farmers Are Growing Tropical Fruits in Dry California

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When you think of mangoes, papayas, bananas and other tropical fruits, you don’t picture them being grown in California. They need the humidity and heat of a tropical climate to thrive.

But a small group of Southern California farmers is trying to change that. They’re growing crops never thought possible in the continental United States. How sustainable are these crops? And who is buying them?

Credits

Guest:
Katherine Spiers - LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth - @katherinespiers

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Ryan Kailath