A report by the University of California, Santa Barbara, has found that the most prolific berry growers in the Caribbean are in the region of Barbados.
The study found that, by 2020, more than 1,400 varieties of berry will be grown in Barbados, a number that is expected to double in the next 10 years.
It also found that more than half of the fruit varieties grown in the Barbados area were grown by more than one family.
The research, conducted by the Department of Horticulture and Botany at the University, compared the yields of some of the most famous and prized berry varieties in the world to the annual yield of a small patch of land.
It found that Caribbean berry growing is more than a sport, with some of these famous berry crops producing up to 30 per cent of the total yield of the island.
In comparison, the yields in England, Ireland and New Zealand are between 4 and 6 per cent.
“It is a beautiful crop, it is not like the fruit from an apple or a pear, it’s not like a lemon,” said Professor Steve Molloy from the department of Horticultural and Botanic Sciences.
“But it has a certain quality and it’s the best quality in the tropics.”
The findings have attracted the attention of the British Government, who are hoping to increase their interest in the berry crop.
The British government have already invested more than £10 million in developing a Caribbean research programme.