Vegetables - Statistics & Facts

Vegetables - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about vegetables

Vegetables are one of the cornerstones of human nutrition, vital for a healthy and balanced diet. Thus, harvested global amounts of vegetables are huge – more than one billion metric tons per year. Over three quarters of this production volume is generated in Asia. Tomatoes are by far the leading vegetable worldwide based on production volume.


In the United States, some 2.7 million acres are used in total for the growing of vegetables. The amount produced on this acreage is worth around 13 billion U.S. dollars. In 2014, the total U.S. farm income based on cash receipts from vegetables reached almost 19 billion U.S. dollars. California is the most important U.S. state when it comes to the production of vegetables, both for fresh market consumption and further processing.

Every average American utilizes some 378 pounds of fresh and processed vegetables per year. The distribution is around 38 percent of fresh and 62 percent of processed vegetables. Tomatoes and onions are the most popular fresh vegetables, followed by some varieties of lettuce. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers buy fresh vegetables weekly, while one quarter of them purchase fresh produce a few times a week.

Most of the processed vegetables are frozen or canned to make them durable. Therefore, around 7 percent of all vegetables produced become frozen. Every U.S. consumer annually spends some 35 U.S. dollars on frozen vegetables. However, health-related and economic reasons among consumers lead to tendencies to buy fewer frozen vegetables.



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Facts on vegetables
Global overviewValuesStatistic
Global production volume of vegetables and melons1,169.45m t Details →
World's leading producer of fresh vegetables, based on production valueChina Details →
China's production of fresh vegetables162.51m t Details →
Europe's vegetable production volume 100.33m t Details →
Leading vegetable based on global production volumeMaize Details →
United StatesValuesStatistic
Production of principal fresh market vegetables in the U.S.413,167k cwt Details →
Production of principal vegetables for processing in the U.S.19,193,490t Details →
Asparagus production of the U.S.33,700 t Details →
Total U.S. farm income from vegetables18,852.4m USD Details →
Weekly sales per store of packaged salad in the U.S. 4,017 USD Details →
Sales growth of value-added vegetables in the U.S. 11.5% Details →
Tomato production of California 10,175k cwt Details →
Retail price of tomatoes in the U.S.1.07 USD/lb Details →
Retail price of iceberg lettuce in the U.S. 1.02 USD/lb Details →
ConsumptionValuesStatistic
Per capita utilization of fresh and processed vegetables in the U.S.378.1lb Details →
Distribution of per capita utilization of fresh vegetables in the U.S.37.5% Details →
Percentage of fresh vegetables expenditure of U.S. households32.14% Details →
Percentage of fresh fruit and vegetable waste in the U.S. 51% Details →
Per capita consumption of fresh mushrooms in the U.S. 2.8 lb Details →
Frozen productsValuesStatistic
Value of U.S. product shipments of frozen vegetables9.13bn USD Details →
Average annual expenditure on frozen vegetables per consumer unit in the U.S.34.88 USD Details →


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