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. Onions and tomatoes 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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|Global production volume of vegetables and melons||1,169.45m t||Details →|
|World's leading producer of fresh vegetables, based on production value||China||Details →|
|Europe's vegetable production volume||100.33m t||Details →|
|Leading vegetable based on global production volume||Maize||Details →|
|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 →|
|Total U.S. farm income from vegetables||18,852.4m 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 →|
|Value of U.S. product shipments of frozen vegetables||9.13bn USD||Details →|
|Average annual expenditure on frozen vegetables per consumer unit in the U.S.||34.88 USD||Details →|
- U.S. farm income from vegetables 2001-2014U.S. farm income from vegetables 2001-2014
Total U.S. farm income from vegetables from 2001 to 2014 (in 1,000 U.S. dollars)*
- Per capita utilization of fresh and processed vegetables in the U.S. 2003-2014Per capita utilization of fresh and processed vegetables in the U.S. 2003-2014
Per capita utilization of fresh and processed vegetables in the United States from 2003 to 2014 (in pounds)*
- Vegetables and melons: global production volume 1990-2014Vegetables and melons: global production volume 1990-2014
Global production volume of vegetables and melons from 1990 to 2014 (in million metric tons)
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