Fruits and Vegetables from A Guide to Foods You Can and Can’t Bring into the U.S. Slideshow

A Guide to Foods You Can and Can’t Bring into the U.S. Slideshow

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Fruits and Vegetables

Depending on where they were purchased, how long ago, and where they're being taken, fruits and veggies can easily be a prohibited item. U.S. Customs notes the Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak in the 1980s as an example — it cost $100 million to rid the country of the flies and it originated from a single piece of fruit brought to the U.S. by a traveler.

What you can bring: Dried fruits (like apricots, currants, dates, figs, and raisins), peeled garlic cloves, cleaned ginger roots, canned produce, fresh or dried above-ground parts of mushrooms that have been cleaned, and coconuts with husks completely removed.