Where would Heinz be without the tomato? Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables in the world. The tomato originated in Mexico and was planted almost everywhere after the Spanish took the tomato to Europe and the Philippines. Nowadays, Mexico is listed 11th on the list of countries by tomato production.
With a total of 2.435.788 tonnes a year Mexico still is a notable producer of this versatile vegetable, although botanically the tomato is regarded as a fruit. The tomato is easy to grow and is resistant to many diseases. It comes in a range of varieties, depending on size and taste. Its culinary uses are versatile. Imagine a pizza without tomato. They can be eaten raw in a salad, sliced on a burger, or processed into paste or tomato sauce. Some people claim that drinking tomato juice helps you recovering faster from a hangover. Tomatoes score high when it comes to nutritional value. Tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin C and they contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
The total production of tomatoes worldwide exceeds 150 million tonnes. Which countries produce the most tomatoes? Here’s a top 10 countries by tomato production!
Top 10 countries by tomato production
- Uzbekistan – 2,585,000 tonnes
- Spain – 3,864,120 tonnes
- Brazil – 4,416,652 tonnes
- Italy – 5,950,215 tonnes
- Iran – 6,824,298 tonnes
- Egypt – 8,105,263 tonnes
- Turkey – 11,003,433 tonnes
- USA – 12,526,070 tonnes
- India – 16,826,000 tonnes
- China – 48,572,921 tonnes