A recent study commissioned by Crosse & Blackwell (a British food production company known for their
According to the research, around a third of the population mistakenly believe butternut squash, sweet potato, and artichokes are traditionally grown in the UK, as well as a considerable number of people believing produce such as avocados, pineapples, and quinoa originate from the UK too. The survey also found that a whopping 6 out of 10 people never even consider where their groceries originate from.
Therefore, it will come as a surprise to these people to learn that the majority of sweet potato found in supermarkets come from southern India, Europe’s biggest producer of apples is Poland (growing more than 1 in 4 of the apples in the EU), and the majority of our avocados are grown in tropical and Mediterranean climates around the world, with Mexico remaining the world’s leading producer of this fruit.
The survey also revealed that 25 percent of people mistakenly believe lentils are usually cultivated in the UK, 22 percent believe Swiss chard is, and a surprising 12 percent think the same about melons. You have to wonder what British weather is like where these people are living!??
Other interesting information garnered by this survey reveals that the average Briton only consumes three out of their five a day and on average spends just £8 a week on vegetables.
So where are our fruit and vegetables grown? Let’s start with the more obvious.
Melons – Although native to central Asia, Melons can be found growing in many warm climates across the globe. Melons can be grown in the UK, although for the best results you’d need to buy yourself a greenhouse.
Bananas – Traditionally grown in tropical regions around the world including Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, about a fifth of all the bananas grown in these areas are then sold on to the rest of the world.
Oranges – Brazil is the world’s biggest producer of oranges with almost all of this orange production taking place in the city of São Paulo. Brazil produces around a third of all oranges exported across the globe. The US is the second largest producer of oranges with China following in third place.
Grapes – The world’s largest producers of grapes, unsurprisingly, are Italy and France, with Italy producing a whopping 8,307,514 tonnes of grapes every year. When growing grapes in the UK, the RHS recommends cultivating them indoors for the best results.
Cucumbers – A vegetable most of us can find in our fridges, the cucumber plant is native to India, although China has produced around three-quarters of all the world’s cucumbers and gherkins. Spain is the EU’s biggest producer of this vegetable.
Carrots – China, Russia, and Uzbekistan are the world’s largest producers of carrots, although the UK is responsible for a fair number, growing more than 700,000 tonnes of carrots every year.
Tomatoes – China and India are the world’s biggest producers of tomatoes, although the largest producer in Europe is Italy, growing more than 5.6 million tonnes every single year.
Lettuce – As Spain is the largest exporter of lettuce in Europe, due to poor growing conditions in southern Europe in 2017, many UK supermarkets were forced to ration their quantity.
Strawberries – Spain is the EU’s biggest producer of strawberries, producing around a third of all strawberries in Europe. Poland follows with around 17% and Germany is third with 12%.