Almond production worldwide 2018/19, by country

The vast majority of the world’s almonds are grown and harvested in the United States. In the 2018/2019 crop year the United States produced over a million metric tons of almonds. The second leading producer of almonds was the European Union in that year, with 123.8 thousand metric tons of almonds.

Almond production

Almonds require full sun, a warm climate, and a large amount of water in order to thrive and produce nuts. Because they are especially vulnerable to cold weather, places like California are ideal for cultivating almonds. Over the last several years, almond production has increased worldwide, from 1.03 million metric tons in 2014/2015 to 1.32 million metric tons in 2018/2019.

Almond consumption and products

Almonds are a very versatile nut; they can be consumed raw or roasted, they can be ground into almond butter or used to produce almond milk. Among the different varieties of tree nuts, almonds are the second most consumed worldwide, behind peanuts. In 2018, the volume of almonds consumed worldwide amounted to 1.19 million metric tons.

Almond production worldwide in 2018/2019, by leading country (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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October 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Shelled basis.
Figures have been rounded.
Marketing year begins in August of the first year of the split year for the United States and other Northern Hemisphere countries. Southern hemisphere countries are on a calendar year basis indicated as the second year of the split year.

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