Chile’s Food Growing Regions

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Chile’s diverse climates enable food production throughout the country. In the north, the Atacama desert provides a favorable habitat for ruminants, such as goats, llamas and sheep, and subtropical conditions suitable for carica (a unique fruit to Chile). The central Mediterranean climate is ideal for produce and olives, while the region to the south is suited to the production of dairy products and the harvesting of salmon. Patagonia is ideal for beef and lamb, and the cold Pacific waters are home to excellent seafood.

As a southern hemisphere country, Chile’s growing seasons run counter to the growing seasons of countries in the northern hemisphere. Chile can thus supply the highest quality fresh fruits and vegetables to northern hemisphere countries during their winter months. Chilean vegetables, fruits, berries, fish, shellfish and meats are exported to consuming countries as fresh, frozen and processed foods, in both regular and, increasingly, in organic forms.

Chile’s prodigious food production results from the convergence of several factors. Chile has exceptionally fertile soils and pristine waters, which allow produce and seafood to thrive. In addition, the Andes mountains and Pacific Ocean act as barriers that protect the country from the diseases and parasites common to most other agricultural areas. As a result, Chile is considered one of the world’s naturally cleanest environments for food production.

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