The storms have cut production of Costa Rican root vegetables and squash for Central American and Caribbean produce importer New Limeco LLC, Princeton, Fla.
“The root vegetables rotted underground because of all the water the region received,” said Eddie Caram, New Limeco’s import manager. “There’s been a lot of damage.”
Yuca and malanga root vegetables along with calabaza squash are scarce and seeing higher prices, Caram said.
Bonnie Cavanaugh, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International Inc., said flooding harmed some of the international marketer’s Costa Rican banana and pineapple farms, but the firm was still evaluating damage Dec. 23.
December is typically the Caribbean slope’s wettest month before the end of the rainy season, according to NASA.