Here the chief crops are wheat, barley, tell, peppers, vegetables of all kinds and coffee.
Among the former are tobacco, cotton, rice, peppers, ground-nuts and kolas.
Towards the end of the 18th century, Guinea pepper was supplanted in Europe by peppers from the East Indies.
As a poet he is gracefully commonplace, and the only lines by Paulding which survive in popular memory are the familiar "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers: Where is the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked ?"
" Tunas " or cactus fruit, red peppers, " zapotes " (the fruit of various trees), " arrayan " (Myrtus arayan), " ciruelas " or Mexican plums (Spondias), guavas, " huamuchil " (Pithecolobium dulce), tamarinds, aguacates (Persea gratissima), bananas, plantains, pineapples, grapes, oranges, lemons, limes, granadillas, chirimoyas, mammees (Mammea americana), coco-nuts, cacao, mangoes, olives, gourds and melons, are among the fruits of the country, and rice, wheat, Indian corn, beans, yams, sweet potatoes, onions and " tomatoes " (Physalis) are among its better-known food products.