Bowled Over by Bhutan - 2007

THE COUNTRYSIDE

The deep valleys bordered by steep foothills determine that the land for agriculture must

be terraced because there is very little flat land in those valleys. This geological feature

also adds to the organic appearance of Bhutan as a whole. The land is fertile and the

fields are well-tended. Much red rice, sticky rice, millet, buckwheat and maize are grown

in the north part of the country.Vegetables are also easily grown in these valleys—most of

which we are very familiar with— greens like turnip and mustard, tomatoes, peppers,

broccoli, green beans, and potatoes. Even bananas can be grown in some of the

valleys with their warmer temperature microclimates. In the south of the country,

tropical products can be grown—things like citrus fruits, bamboo, mangos, carrots, onions,

squashes. A unique vegetable we tried on a couple of occasions was “crowsbeak.” It

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