The distance from Puerto Rico to the mainland is shorter than it is from Hawaii. It is only 2-3 hours from the U.S. east coast while Hawaii is five hours from the west coast.

In addition, Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory means its products are easily shipped into the mainland just as they do from Hawaii. This is an advantage the island has over South American and other tropical countries where seed is grown in the off season. The seed must pass through customs to enter the U.S.