This statistic shows the 10 U.S. states where the most peaches were produced in 2014. South Carolina ranked second among U.S. states, with a production of almost 65,700 tons.
The peach producing industry in the United States - additional information
The peach tree, native to Northwest China, is believed to have been domesticated and cultivated since 2000 BC. From China, where it was favored by royals and depicted in tapestries and literary works, it was brought to India, Persia, Greece and later on to the American continent. Today, the peach fruit (as well as the nectarine, which is a peach variety, not a different fruit) comes in hundreds of cultivars of different sizes, slightly different colors and aromas and is cultivated all around the world.
As of 2012, the peach and nectarine production worldwide amounted to more than 41 million metric tons, with the Americas being the largest regional producers. The leading ten peach and nectarine producers harvest a total of approximately 21 million metric tons of fruit per year and include China, Italy, the United States, Turkey and Argentina. More than half of this quantity is produced by China, which is the worldwide leader of the peach and nectarine producing industry.
In the United States, the total peach production was estimated at 853 thousand tons in 2014. That same year, California was shown as the largest producer on a state level, with some 650 thousand tons harvested, representing about two thirds of the total national production. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2013 about 2.9 pounds of peaches and nectarines per capita were consumed in the United States , a decrease from 5 pounds per capita a decade prior. Annually, Americans are estimated to eat over 120 pounds of fresh fruit per capita, bananas, citrus fruits, apples and watermelons being the most popular.