Cotton, Indian corn, sweet potatoes, yams and rice are small crops.
White and sweet potatoes, yams, sweet and bitter yuccas, sago and okra, may also be mentioned.
All the islands possess a very fertile soil; there are forests of coco-nut palms, and among the products are rice, maize, sweetpotatoes, yams, coffee, cotton, vanilla and various tropical fruits, the papaw tree being abundant.
Maize, yams, bananas, tapioca and ginger are cultivated by the natives.
The chief groups, all yielding coco-nuts, pandanus fruit and yams, are Funafuti or Ellice, Nukulailai or Mitchell, Nurakita or Sophia, Nukufetau or De Peyster, Nui or Egg, Nanomana or Hudson, and Niutao or Lynx.