Insect-Pollinated Crop Plants

Many of the crop plants grown in Canada depend on or benefit from pollinator visitation. The most common insect-pollinated crops in Canada are:

Fruits – apples, apricots, cherries, currants, melons, peaches, pears, plums;
Berries – blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries;
Forage plants – alfalfa, birds-foot trefoil, clover, crown vetch, lupine;
Legumes – beans, peas, peanuts, soybeans;
Medicinal herbs – borage, ginseng, Echinacea, St. John’s wort, etc.;
Nuts/seeds – buckwheat, chestnut;
Oilseeds – canola, flax, soybeans, sunflower;
Spices – coriander, caraway, mustard, etc.; and
Vegetables – broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkin, tomatoes, squashes, zucchini.
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Angela Fey, Diana Bizecki Robson

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