Vegetables production worldwide by type 2017

This graph shows the global vegetable production in 2017, broken down by type. In that year, approximately 182 million metric tons of tomatoes were produced worldwide.

Vegetable production

The term vegetable refers to an edible part of a plant which can be consumed raw or cooked. Eating vegetables is beneficial to one’s health—they are the main sources of nutrients such as vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and dietary fiber. Dietary fiber from vegetables aids in reducing cholesterol levels, lowers the risk of heart disease and is also essential for digestion. People who consume more fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy and balanced diet are more likely to reduce the risk of several chronic diseases.

In 2014, maize was the most commonly produced vegetable worldwide, contributing over 1.04 billion metric tons to the global vegetable production. That year, Asia accounted for more than three-fourths of the world vegetable production. In 2013, China was the largest producer of fresh vegetables with a production value of approximately 25.25 billion U.S. dollars. Other leading vegetable-producing countries include India, Vietnam, Nigeria and Philippines.

In the United States, California was the largest producer of fresh market vegetables in 2014. The state also produced around 14.15 million tons of principal vegetables for processing during the same period. In 2016, store sales of packaged salad in the U.S. averaged 4,017 U.S. dollars per week. Tomatoes were the second most sold vegetable produce category, followed by potatoes and other cooking vegetables.

Global production of vegetables in 2017, by type

Amount in million metric tons
Tomatoes 182.3
Onions, dry 97.86
Cucumbers and gherkins 83.75
Cabbages and other brassicas 71.45
Eggplants (aubergines) 52.31
Carrots and turnips 42.83
Chillies and peppers, green 36.1
Garlic 28.16
Spinach 27.88
Pumpkins, squash and gourds 27.44
Lettuce and chicory 26.86
Cauliflowers and broccoli 26
Beans, green 24.22
Peas, green 20.7
Maize, green 11.73
Mushrooms and truffles 10.24
Okra 9.64
Asparagus 8.95
Onions, shallots, green 5.13
Cassava leaves 2.35
Leeks, other alliaceous vegetables 2.17
String beans 1.87
Vegetables, leguminous nes 1.51
Artichokes 1.5
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Source

Release date

January 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Special properties

data accessed on January 28, 2019

Supplementary notes

Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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