Nothing symbolizes Valentine’s Day quite like a bouquet of flowers. Red roses for the one you love, yellow for your best amiga, a beautiful mixed bouquet for mama, abuelita or tia. Maybe you’ll pick them up at your local shop or have them shipped from 1800flowers.com, either way have you ever thought about where most of the flowers you enjoy come from? Surprisingly it’s most likely Colombia. Yes, Colombia in South America! They are the second largest exporter of flowers in the world. Colombia will send a staggering 500 million flowers to foreign countries ahead of February 14th.
I remember flying into Bogota and seeing the flower farms dot the landscape. More than 7,200 hectares in Colombia are devoted to growing flowers. Because of the country’s unique sunlight, humidity, temperature and soil fertility, the region produces the largest variety of exotic flowers in the world, with more than 1,500 different species of flowers.
I tend to find the history and cultural nuances of our lifestyle choices quite interesting. So now when you are enjoying your Valentine’s Day flower you too will know that there is a very high probability that they came from our Colombian friends in South America and that you have done your part to support the flower farmer south of our boarder!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!
FELIZ DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN!!