Cambodia: Watermelons for sale at a market in Skuon, central Cambodia (1998). (Photo by: David Henley/Pictures from History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Region That Grows Over Half The World’s Melons
With over $27 billion in market revenue in 2018 alone, melons are ranked highly as one of the world’s favorite fruits, and the average American eats about 24 lbs of melon each year. This versatile fruit's origins aren't known for sure, but today, we do know which region of the world produces the most melons.
Asia owns about 69% of the world's total melon production, with China at the forefront, producing 14 million metric tons of melons in 2020 alone, while its citizens consume about 17 million tons. Japan is also home to some of the most expensive melons in the world, such as the Yubari King melon, which can cost hundreds of dollars per fruit.