Bananas, Apples, Potatoes, and Tomatoes are the most Popular Fruits and Vegetables in the U.S.

• According to USDA data, 383.2 pounds of vegetables per person were available for Americans to eat in 2011, down from a peak of 424.7 pounds per person in 1996.

• The decline was largest for potatoes (34.5 pounds) due to decreased production, followed by carrots (7 pounds), head lettuce (6.1 pounds), and tomatoes (4.2 pounds).

• Despite declines in potato and tomato consumption, these two vegetables still dominate U.S. vegetable consumption.

• In 2011, 86.3 pounds per person of tomatoes and 83 pounds of potatoes (not including dehydrated and chips) were available for Americans to eat. French fries and pizza from fast-food restaurants and grocery stores contribute to the high consumption of these two vegetables.

• The third highest vegetable, sweet corn, came in at 24.1 pounds per person in 2011.

• Americans ate an average of 47.8 pounds of fresh fruit per person in 2011, up from 37.2 pounds in 1970.

• While bananas and apples still top the list of most popular fresh fruits, the amount of bananas consumed grew between 1970 and 2011, and consumption of fresh apples declined.

• Watermelons and grapes moved up in the rankings, strawberries replaced grapefruit, and per-person consumption of fresh oranges fell.

Source: USDA

2 thoughts on “Bananas, Apples, Potatoes, and Tomatoes are the most Popular Fruits and Vegetables in the U.S.

    1. K. McDonald Post author

      Good question! Somebody’s paying attention… according to wisegeek…. A temple orange is a flavorful orange with a bright orange rind. The rind is thick and rough, and the fruit is approximately oval-shaped, with flesh that blends sweet and tart flavors. These fruits are widely cultivated in Florida and can be found in other regions of the world as well. Many grocery stores carry them in season during the dead of winter, and they can also be grown at home, for people who live in warm, citrus-friendly climates.


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