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World's Most Grown Crops

Try to name the world's 50 most grown crops based on the total weight produced.
For the year 2022. Source: FAOSTAT.
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Last updated: January 29, 2024
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First submittedMay 27, 2014
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Tons
Crop
2026 m
Sugar cane
1441 m
Maize
987 m
Rice
946 m
Wheat
470 m
Potato
425 m
Palm oil fruit
369 m
Soybean
335 m
Cassava
270 m
Sugar beet
254 m
Tomato
172 m
Cucumber
160 m
Watermelon
157 m
Barley
147 m
Banana
143 m
Apple
135 m
Onion
133 m
Sweet potato
Tons
Crop
108 m
Cabbage
103 m
Canola
97.6 m
Eggplant
93.8 m
Mushroom
88.3 m
Yam
87.8 m
Cotton
87.6 m
Grape
84.1 m
Orange
72.6 m
Peanut
71.3 m
Tangerine
63.8 m
Spinach
63.1 m
Mango
62.8 m
Coconut
61 m
Carrot / turnip
60.8 m
Sorghum
57.2 m
Sunflower seed
53.8 m
Chili pepper
Tons
Crop
50.5 m
Garlic
45.7 m
Pear
44.3 m
Tea leaves
44.2 m
Plantain
43.2 m
Peach
42.8 m
Melon
42.1 m
Lettuce
41.4 m
Green bean
35.7 m
Cauliflower / broccoli
33.6 m
Millet
32.5 m
Pea
31.7 m
Pineapple
30.2 m
Pumpkin
27.0 m
Oat
24.2 m
Lemon / lime
19.7. m
Taro
102 Recent Comments
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Level 69
Jan 19, 2019
Could potato be accepted for sweet potato?
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Level 70
Mar 9, 2019
Like York and New York are the same place.
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2019
sweet potato would be a yam if I am not mistaken
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Level 59
Nov 20, 2019
You are mistaken.
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Level 77
Mar 12, 2021
Not quite so simple. Sweet Potato and Yam are botanically different, but often used interchangeably linguistically: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_potato
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Level 44
Apr 30, 2023
a sweet potato is a yam, right?
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Level 76
May 18, 2024
Sweet potato is Ipomoea batatas and it was originally domesticated in the americas. Yam is of the genus Dioscorea and is originally from west Africa.
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Level 69
Jan 19, 2019
How could I have missed garlic and onion?

I got several of the others by remembering what the most common food allergies are to.

I was surprised not to see cacao, coffee or smokable plants

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Level 66
Jan 19, 2019
If cauliflower and cabbage are lumped together, you could also add cabbage to the group, and a few that don't make the list on their own (e.g. kale and Brussels sprouts). They're different cultivar groups of the same species, Brassica oleracea. Turnip is actually a variant of a closely related species, Brassica rapa, while carrots are from the Apiaceae family, a completely different branch of the higher plants, so it makes no sense to lump carrots and turnip together as a single answer.
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Level 59
Jan 19, 2019
I think there is an error in peanuts not being on the list.
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Level 17
Mar 22, 2021
Its weight
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2019
Jesus, slicing it a little thin with the yam/sweet potato and orange/tangerine distinctions, huh?
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2019
Like, especially considering you lump together broccoli and cauliflower. Are orange and tangerine really more differentiated than cauliflower and broccoli?
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Level 75
Jan 20, 2019
I understand yam and sweet potato. They are two completely different things, but carrot and turnip are also different. Sorghum and millet are much more closely related than those two, and I find it difficult to believe there are more green beans raised than dried beans such as pinto, black, navy, etc.
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2019
Isn't yam a variety of sweet potato? Surprised the commentators haven't already been feuding over this.
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Level 75
Jan 20, 2019
My grandmother used to grow a sweet potato variety called Yellow Yam so you are correct that there are varieties of sweet potato called yam, but no matter what we call them, in reality as I stated previously, they are two different plants. I've never seen a true yam in US grocery stores.
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2019
Yams are a West African vegetable. Due to slavery, the New World vegetable, sweet potato, was given the moniker 'yam' because it was the closest thing the enslaved West Africans saw to their former staple crop.
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Level 76
Aug 21, 2020
Just see wiki.
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Level 53
Jan 20, 2019
Two things I see missing:

Grapefruit, which i belive is around 85 mtons, and Coffee Plants

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Level 70
Jun 5, 2019
Millet? Sorghum? Never heard of it. Gonna look them up now.
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2019
Ah, turns out I did think of millet in my own language. I was allready thinking, I dont know all the english names for the grains, or at least couldnt come up with all. And this one I was pretty sure I didnt know the english term for. (Also thought of the dutch name for barley, which is very similar as the one for millet. Gerst and gierst)
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Level 85
Nov 14, 2019
So apparently money really doesn't grow on trees. :-(
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Level 89
Mar 16, 2021
There was no cash cow on the domesticated animals quiz either.
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Level 51
Jan 15, 2020
Thought vanilla, cocoa, peanut, tobacco, coffee, cherry, rasberry, and blackberry would be here
+5
Level 76
Aug 21, 2020
Not much vanilla is necessary to flavor a food (the reason there are no spices in this quiz). And most vanilla flavor is artificial, because real vanilla is pretty expensive.
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Level 55
Jan 20, 2023
Or Marijuana
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Level 51
Jan 16, 2020
Three that are definitely missed - Peanut, Hemp and Poppy
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Level 69
Jan 18, 2024
Cry about it
+2
Level 49
Apr 3, 2020
what about coffee??

Coffee should definitely be in there

+3
Level 83
Mar 12, 2021
It's by weight, not value
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2020
What is a melon? There are different types of melons, sure, like watermelons, rockmelons and honeydews, but melon....?
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Level 76
Aug 21, 2020
I think Cucumis melo or 'musk melon', a species which contains cantaloupes and honeydews (among others), but not watermelons, for example.
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2021
Could this answer at least accept "cantaloupe" or "honeydew" as type-ins? I got watermelon and then tried cantaloupe, and when it wasn't accepted, I assumed there must be no more melons on the list.
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Level 76
Sep 11, 2020
This source must have been really weird. It groups together carrots and turnips, but not bananas and plantains? Sure, they're different species, but they are in the same Genus. Meanwhile, carrots and turnips aren't even in the same family.
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Level 77
Mar 12, 2021
Agree. After I typed "Melon" and it got accepted, I didn't think that "Watermelon" would be a separate category!
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Level 74
Oct 24, 2020
When you remember to type Plantains, Sorghum and Cassava, but forget Onions and Garlic, that's when you know you've spent too much time on Jetpunk.
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Level 71
Oct 25, 2020
Rare to see a quiz where the top-ranked, upper-left-corner, most common item, has a <50% guess rate.
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Level 80
Mar 14, 2021
All the other quizzers who didn't get it tried "sugar" but it wasn't accepted. I think they're sending a message to the quiz maker :)
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Level 85
Mar 12, 2021
The Beatles misled me with all that "Strawberry Fields Forever" talk.
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Level 68
Mar 13, 2021
Why are carrot and turnip grouped together? They are two very differnt things.
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2021
The data was most likely collected that way.
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Level 53
Mar 13, 2021
Why can't simply "sugar" be accepted for sugar cane?
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Level 80
Mar 17, 2021
Because the quiz maker decided that sugar beet and sugar cane needed to be separate entries. Despite several other pairings of certain crops.
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2021
It's FAOSTAT that came up with the distinctions/pairings, not the quizmaker
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
@PeregrineFalcon However tis not the same issue as accepting a type-in, so for example accepting "sugar" for sugarcane.
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Level 70
Mar 17, 2021
The thought of 26 million Tonnes of Broccoli ........... yuuuuuk
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
Haha. It's lovely very lightly steamed with melted butter or a drizzle of olive oil, freshly ground pepper, salt and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Promise.
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Level 74
Nov 23, 2021
It's good plain
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Level 88
Jan 20, 2023
It's great roasted with a little olive oil & seasoning, too!
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Level 52
Feb 15, 2024
Great, now I'm hungry.
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2023
You misspelled "yum"
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Level 72
Mar 17, 2021
Amazed that we grow more pears (on the list) than papayas (not on the list). That doesn't conform with my worldwide experience at all.
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Level 76
Mar 19, 2021
China produces a lot of pears, 2/3 of the total
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Level 61
Mar 19, 2021
In my neck of the woods Chinese pears are called Chinese apple. If that's common I would think a lot of people wouldn't guess pears for this quiz.
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Level 45
Mar 19, 2021
coffee? cocoa? tea?
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Level 65
Mar 19, 2021
Interesting Facts #229

In South Korea, it is a common belief that people can die if they sleep in a closed room with an electric fan running.

Have you ever slept in a closed room with an electric fan running?

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Level 66
Mar 19, 2021
Yes, but not in South Korea.
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2021
please accept sugar for sugar cane
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Level 59
Mar 19, 2021
for some reason upon starting this quiz I forgot about the existence of all fruits and vegetables
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Level 38
Mar 20, 2021
Forgot maize exists which tells me it’s time for bed
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Level 62
Mar 20, 2021
Really surprised that lentils aren't on the list - seems like the weight argument shouldn't really apply.
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
Yes, I was surprised by this as well!
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2023
I think they must have used a bunch of very narrow categories for different kinds of dry legume, otherwise I'd really expect them to be here.
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Level 70
Mar 22, 2021
sweet potato and yam aren't the same?
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
Different vegetables entirely, though as others have pointed out in North America people colloquially refer to an orange variety of the sweet potato as a yam.
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
Any chance you can accept mandarin for tangerine? Tangerines are a type of mandarin.
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Level 68
Jan 20, 2023
I typed mandarin but it didn't work
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Level 53
Apr 3, 2021
I'm surprised no tobacco, coffee, tea, or strawberry (or any other berries).

Also, why are melons and watermelons separate? I guessed melon and didn't think to also write watermelon since it was already encapsulated by "melon"

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Level 53
Jun 4, 2021
How did I forget wheat, haha
+6
Level 70
Jul 11, 2021
What about "hay"?
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Level 32
Jul 22, 2021
Tobacco? coffee ? tea ?
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Level 74
Nov 23, 2021
I'm surprised there's not more beans on here. I'm curious what the statistics are for certain other crops like tea, coffee, cacao, tobacco, khat, and coca. Also I really wonder if lumber is actually a crop, because it meets the definition of a crop as "a plant that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence."
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Level 53
Feb 7, 2022
who calls corn maize?
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2022
It's the scientific name and the umbrella term for most corn types. I believe in French they still call it mais (with a trema or two dots over the i) (pronounced May-ees)
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Level 56
Jan 21, 2023
"Corn" only really means maize if you live in North America, I think (as does the Collins Dictionary). In Britain the proper terms are maize when it's growing in the field and sweetcorn when it's on your plate - except for corn on the cob, confusingly. That said, quite a lot of people do follow the American usage.
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Level 70
Mar 17, 2022
I'm surprised wood or lumber didn't make the list. It's not a food but neither is rubber so the food aspect of crop is not in play. The USA by itself uses more than 100 million tons each year.
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Level 49
May 9, 2022
You must accept «batat(a)»…
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Level 61
Oct 11, 2022
Latex should be accepted for rubber
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Level 53
Dec 14, 2022
Pls accept yam for sweet potato
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Level 68
Jan 20, 2023
please accept Kumara for sweet potato.
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Level 88
Jan 20, 2023
Quizmaster, is it possible to post a link to the source? I'm curious about the rankings and the methodology, but I wasn't able to find the info when I did a brief search on FAOSTAT.
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Level 59
Jan 20, 2023
Carrot and turnip are grouped together but melon and watermelon are two different things?

It seems a little bit random to me, what is grouped together and what not...

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Level 20
Jan 21, 2023
Did anyone else try marijuana 😂
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Level 61
Jan 22, 2023
yes!!
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Level 74
Jan 24, 2023
Not a complaint about the quiz, but about the source- alfalfa absolutely belongs here. I couldn't find 2019 data specifically, but nearby years were in the 200 million ton range, which clearly qualifies for the list.

I could sort of understand if this was only counting crops for "human consumption", but the significant majority of corn grown is used for animal feed (or biofuel), same as alfalfa. I just can't see a reason why it wouldn't be on the list.

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Level 89
Jan 27, 2023
Cauliflower and Broccoli are two completely different vegetables with completely different flavours. If they are combines, I think oranges and tangerines should also be put together into 1 category
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Level 83
Dec 3, 2023
cauliflower and broccoli are literally the same plant. but that being said, all the cabbages are also under that umbrella, so idk why cauliflowers and broccolis are separate from cabbage
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2024
Well, they are not "literally the same plant". They are the same species. I mean, a given individual plant will only produce one of those crops and it's not a mystery which one it will be. Despite several crops being the same species, they are distinct in much the same way that greyhounds are distinct from pugs.
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Level 82
Aug 11, 2023
I like how you can get pea by guessing either pear, peach or peanut :)
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Level 85
Jan 29, 2024
You've got a period after 19.7. m.
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Level 63
Feb 2, 2024
According to this definition https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/crop mushroom should not count as a crop since it is not a plant but a fungee
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2024
Try a different dictionary. Language is quite flexible.
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Level 78
Feb 5, 2024
No Olives? Given the volume of Olive Oil available in the shops, I would have thought so.
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Level 75
Feb 7, 2024
So many answers that it feels a little tedious just typing in plant after plant...
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Level 75
Feb 16, 2024
You know this is strictly optional, right? I mean, you're not required to participate. Don't get me wrong, we're happy to have you around, but if this is an inconvenience, feel free to take a break. No one will mind.
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Level 58
Feb 13, 2024
yam and sweet potato are the same thing
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Level 89
Feb 19, 2024
Nope and nope.
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Level 85
Feb 15, 2024
Wikipedia: "During the early 2000s, alfalfa was the most cultivated forage legume in the world. Worldwide production was around 436 million tons in 2006."
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Level 43
Feb 15, 2024
how is sugar not counting for sugar cane rip good quiz though
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Level 44
Feb 19, 2024
cannabis?? Coca??
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Level 84
Mar 22, 2024
Rape should be acceptable for canola.
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2024
Rape is never acceptable