North America

King of the vegetable tribe in the US: The Spud. Of course…

According to the USDA/ERS (Economicc Research Service) food availability data, Americans consumed an average of just over 156 pounds of fresh and processed vegetables per person in 2015. The loss-adjusted food availability data series takes per capita supplies of food available for human consumption and adjusts for some of the spoilage, plate waste, and other losses in restaurants, grocery stores, and the home to more closely approximate consumption. Potatoes claimed the #1 spot at nearly a third of the total – just more than 48 pounds per person. This includes both fresh potatoes and processed products (frozen, canned, and dehydrated potatoes and potato chips and shoestrings). Canned tomatoes are the leading canned vegetable, and total tomato consumption—fresh and canned—came in second at about 28 pounds per person. Fresh and dehydrated onions came in at a sad 7.7 pounds per person in 2015, with carrots, sweet corn, and romaine and leaf lettuce lagging behind to finish the list of America’s top seven vegetable choices. A chart was published in ERS’s Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials data product. High resolution chart. [Said someone at the water cooler: “Told ‘ya so…” – Editor, PNT]