Food - Drink
Which US State Produces The Most Strawberries?
Strawberries are healthy, versatile, and delicious on their own or in desserts; it's no secret that countless countries are enamored with these fruits, including the United States. Strawberries are grown from coast to coast in the U.S., but one West Coast state blows everyone else out of the water with its crazy-high strawberry production.
According to the Farmers' Almanac, the average American consumes about 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries per year, and the USDA adds that 1.34 million tons of strawberries were produced in 2021, with a whopping 90% coming from California. The Golden State's acres and acres of farmland make it a top producer of all kinds of American produce.
California's sunny year-long growing season allows for strawberry harvests at all times of year, and luckily for consumers, this state has many rules and standards for sustainable farming. Florida is also a fairly large producer of strawberries, but the Sunshine State has a limited growing season and only grows 8% of the U.S.'s annual strawberry yield.
All that being said, the U.S. is only the second-largest strawberry producer in the world; China takes first place with 3,221,557 tons produced per year. China also leads the world in the production of cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and fish, due to its massive amounts of fertile land and its long and productive history of farming.