Fruit constitutes a significant part of human nutrition – and is highly recommended for a healthy, vitamin-rich diet. Worldwide, more than 675 million metric tons of fruit are produced each year. The greatest annual fruit harvest in the world occurs in Asia. China alone produces some 275 million metric tons of fruit annually. The most popular fruit varieties are bananas, and apples, followed by grapes and oranges.
Grapes account for more than one third of the total amount of fresh fruit produced in the United States. In 2015, on 1.04 million acres of land some 7.67 million tons of grapes were produced at a value of around 5.5 billion U.S. dollars. Other top fruit varieties in the U.S. include oranges, apples, strawberries and lemons.
Annual per capita fruit consumption in the United States stands at around 260 pounds. Most of this is consumed as store-fresh produce or in the form of selected fruit juices. Bananas are the most popular fruit among U.S. consumers, followed by citrus fruits and apples. U.S. consumer prices for fresh fruit remained stable over the last six years. Nevertheless, on average, prices are almost 3.5 times higher than in the mid-1980s.
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