Similar to many islands in the Lesser Antilles, sugarcane was a major crop in Saint Lucia during the colonial period. Over time, many of the plantations switched to bananas. By the first half of the 20th century, green gold was the island’s primary export. Since then, numerous factors have significantly reduced the crop’s importance. Today, the greatest acreage is in Roseau Valley. Some of the plantations offer tours. Notice the prominent spike in the center of the photo. The purple section is a male flower bud. Directly above are two rows of female flowers. You will also see most growing banana bunches covered by blue polythene bags. This practice minimizes disease.