Global production of fruit by variety selected 2018

This statistic shows the world fruit production in 2018 in million metric tons, broken down by variety. In that year, some 115.74 million metric tons of bananas were produced worldwide.

Fruit production

Fruit crops are a major part of agricultural production. Based on production quantities, the most popular fresh fruits worldwide in order are bananas, apples and grapes. Bananas and apples are grown on trees, and watermelons are grown on thick vines.

For cultivation, the tropical banana plant requires a warm and humid climate and rich, dark and fertile soils. The most common banana types which are grown globally include Cavendish, Lady Fingers, and Plantains. The last variety is also known as cooking banana. Their characteristics include a drier texture and they tend to contain more starch. In many tropical countries Plantains are a staple food.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), countries with a significant production amount include China, the United States and Turkey. Rated among the most popular apple varieties in the United States are Gala, Honeycrisp and Fuji.

Fruit and vegetables are seen as a strong part of a healthy and balanced diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are created and published every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recommend increasing fruit and vegetable intake.

Global fruit production in 2018, by selected variety (in million metric tons)*

Production in million metric tons
Bananas 115.74
Watermelons 103.97
Apples 86.14
Grapes 79.19
Oranges 75.54
Mangoes, mangosteens, guavas 55.38
Plantains and others 39.48
Tangerines, mandarins, clementines, satsumas 34.39
Fruit, fresh nes 33.92
Pineapples 27.92
Melons, other (inc.cantaloupes) 27.35
Peaches and nectarines 24.45
Fruit, tropical fresh nes 23.87
Pears 23.73
Lemons and limes 19.39
Fruit, citrus nes 13.9
Papayas 13.29
Plums and sloes 12.61
Grapefruit (inc. pomelos) 9.37
Dates 8.53
Strawberries 8.34
Avocados 6.41
Persimmons 4.71
Kiwi fruit 4.02
Apricots 3.87
Cherries 2.56
Cashewapple 1.71
Cherries, sour 1.53
Figs 1.14
Berries nes 1.01
Raspberries 0.87
Cranberries 0.72
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Release date

February 2020



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Special properties

Data accessed on February 11, 2020

Supplementary notes

*Fresh fruit. ** Mangoes, mangosteens, guavas.
*** Tangerines, mandarins, clementines, satsumas.
**** Including pomelos.
Numbers were rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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