The agriculture is traditionally and historically the most important line of the Costa Rican economy, in fact, is the main economic source of the country. Large coffee crop in the last century, have been responsible for the Costa Rican development. Sugar cane, coffee and banana were the other mainstays of the national economy. After this another crops has being taking power, such as the cultivation of grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits and tobacco, which have given autonomy to the nation. Cocoa, pineapple and cotton have also had a relative development, the first in the Atlantic coast and the other in the plains of northwest and northeast, in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela.
Lately it has come to step up, now on an industrial scale, the flowers cultivation, especially for export, and do experiments spices and fruits such as apples and grapes, shielded from a fertile land and mild climate. In some parts of the country continues operating, mostly handmade, vegetable fibers for a small market before the advent of synthetic fibers produced in the country or from outside origin. The export of raw materials in Costa Rica, as well as its self, is what sustains the base of its economy.