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Top 20 Fruits Sold in the U.S.

What fruits are most commonly purchased by households in the United States?
Based on the percent of surveyed households who purchased in the last 12 months
Some people might consider the answer marked in green to be a vegetable
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Last updated: July 23, 2019
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Fruit
73
Banana
69
Apple
62
Grape
62
Strawberry
56
Orange
54
Watermelon
48
Lemon
%
Fruit
45
Blueberry
42
Peach
42
Pineapple
39
Avocado
38
Cantaloupe
34
Cherry
33
Lime
%
Fruit
32
Pear
31
Raspberry
28
Blackberry
23
Plum
23
Mango
22
Honey Dew
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2019
I tried simply "melon" for the fruit. I didn't realize that the two listed varieties are different enough to not allow the common name for either of them.
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Level 89
Jul 23, 2019
Ever eaten them?
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Level 69
Jul 26, 2019
A honeydew is actually more like a cantaloupe.
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Level 60
Sep 30, 2019
cantaloupe and honey dew are types of melon
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Level 88
Dec 5, 2022
Canteloupe always reminds me of the show "Saved by the Bell" when the character Screech was considering running away to get married. Zach said, "Screech, you can't elope!" Screech replied, "Who you calling a canteloupe, ya melon head!" ;)
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Level 80
Dec 5, 2022
That completely threw me as well. When "melon" didn't work, it didn't occur to me to the different types of melon.
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Level 72
Oct 2, 2019
"Why does Cantaloupe think every time it gets invited to a party it can bring along its dumb friend Honeydew?" - Archer
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Level 79
Jun 11, 2021
What?! Honeydew is way better than canteloupe
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Level 76
Jul 25, 2021
Good honeydew is amazing, but most of the honeydew you get from grocery stores or in fruit salads is terribly bland. Meanwhile, while the best cantaloupe may not be as good as the best honeydew, a mediocre cantaloupe is much better than a mediocre honeydew.
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2021
Agreed. When honeydew is bad, it’s bad, though it’s not that rare. I don’t like cantaloupe as much, so it all pretty much tastes the same to me.
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Level 74
Dec 5, 2022
Both cantalopue and honey dew belong to the same species (Cucumis melo). They're both melons. If the quiz author wanted to make make the difference on the subspecies level, why then just apples in general? Granny Smith and Cox Orange are pretty different as well, but both are apples.
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Level 52
Dec 5, 2022
honey dew and cantaloupe are significantly more different in taste than different apple varieties
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Level 88
Jul 22, 2019
Intelligence is knowing an avocado is (botanically) a fruit. Wisdom is not putting avocado in a fruit salad...or in this quiz.
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Level 88
Jul 22, 2019
In all seriousness, the USDA lists Avocados as vegetables and they are nutritionally closer to vegetables. Also, if including this, why not include tomatoes?
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Level ∞
Jul 23, 2019
I didn't make the categories, I'm just reporting them.
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Level 60
Sep 29, 2019
Haha nice comment, if it weren't "borrowed" from a well-known saying about tomatoes. In the case of avocados, not so much. In fact, in Brazil they'll often take big scoops of avocado, sprinkle the stuff with lime to keep it from browning, then add sugar and serve it in a bowl with other stuff that basically makes it a milkshake of sorts. Down in South America they've basically come up with every possible way you can serve avocados. Here's a fascinating article I read on the subject:

https://itinerariesoftaste.sanpellegrino.com/trip/avocado

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Level 60
Aug 14, 2021
Avocado has a pit, or seed. Thus making it a fruit, or a stone fruit, along with Plums, Peaches, and every other fruit with a pit.
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Level 66
Dec 5, 2022
The vegetable clue made me think of tomatoes. I can't imagine how anyone could think of avocado as a vegetable. Never heard anyone make that mistake.
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Level 69
Jul 26, 2019
Believe it or not, avocado and strawberries go really well together, like in a salad, or in a tasty salsa!
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Level 71
Sep 29, 2019
FR E SH A VOCA DO
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Level 67
Dec 5, 2022
Yes. Avocado has a nice neutral fatty taste, so it goes well with so many types of food. My favourite is brown mushrooms and garlic with avocado, and plenty of lime juice.
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Level 38
Sep 29, 2019
What about tomatoes ? Aren't them botanically fruits as well ?
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Level 76
Oct 1, 2019
Yes they are (and so are avocadoes), but people come up with the most convoluted and nonsensical reasons to deny it just because they aren't sweet. Logic fail.
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Level 69
Jan 3, 2020
Yes. But botanically, many of our "vegetables" and all grains are fruit, as well. There's no point in going by the botanical definition because it gets us nowhere. The culinary definition works just fine.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
It gets us more objectivity than people arguing if tomatoes are sweet enough

And what's wrong with the botanical definition? If it has a seed, it's a fruit. So simple.

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Level 69
Dec 5, 2022
What is the culinary definition of a fruit?
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Knowledge is knowing that many people still do. Also, it is very clearly a fruit. Look. At. It.
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Level 28
Jul 22, 2019
This quiz made me hungry
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Level 69
Jul 26, 2019
Name checks out.
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Level 84
Jul 22, 2019
Interesting, only missed four and they all start with the letter "P". :-P
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Level 79
Jul 22, 2019
Please accept rockmelon for cantaloupe, check its usage on wiktionary it is common in Australia and New Zealand.
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Level ∞
Jul 23, 2019
Okay
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Level 86
Jul 23, 2019
Surprised that grapefruit isn't more popular.
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Level ∞
Jul 23, 2019
It was on the list in 2017 but not in 2018.
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Level 73
Jul 24, 2019
A lot o us "more senior" people have sadly given it up because of reported interactions with medications. Ahh, the golden years...
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Level 69
Jul 26, 2019
The drug interaction issue really is part of the reason for the downward trend in grapefruit sales! The others are, well, hurricanes, and also the decreased demand in Japan. (The Japanese have traditionally loved them some Florida grapefruit, but are losing interest because we’re not able to keep them reliably supplied.)
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2022
I had to stop eating them for the first reason. Depending on the drug, they can cause overdose (by speeding up the digestion of the drug) or underdose (by countering the effectiveness).
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Level 73
Jul 24, 2019
Kind of shocked by the list. I had assumed apples or oranges would be number one and while I know bananas are popular it's amazing a fruit that is 99% imported would be our number one fruit.
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2019
I'd say bananas' incredibly low prices are probably part of the reason it's so popular.
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Level 69
Dec 5, 2022
There was a whole thing know as “banana republics” just saying
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Level 69
Sep 2, 2019
I got "grape" when trying to type "grapefruit". ;)
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Level 45
Sep 2, 2019
😎
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Level 82
Sep 16, 2019
No love for apricots in US???
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Level 60
Sep 29, 2019
We eat them, just not as often as the others.
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2021
I love them tossing them whole into my mouth. Though you only get them for to months.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Peaches dominate here
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Level 68
Sep 29, 2019
I am honestly surprised honeydew barely made it on the list
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Level 17
Sep 29, 2019
Apricots and tangerines are not a thing in US?
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Level 38
Sep 29, 2019
they are they're just not as popular
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Level 60
Sep 29, 2019
I think tangerines may just be classified under oranges...but who knows?
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Level 82
Sep 29, 2019
If tangerines are under oranges then apricots might be under peaches. But I think the real answer is just that they're not as popular.
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2021
And they (apricots) only are around for two to three months. Not much of a chance to gain popularity.
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Level 67
Sep 29, 2019
16. I got avocado, but I was thinking it would be like tomato or something. Thought figs were a bit more common. Got cantaloupe though.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Figs are more common in processed foods, and I'm unsure if this counts those
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Level 82
Sep 29, 2019
TIL muskmelon is a species of fruit with multiple varieties. I got honeydew but didn't try cantaloupe after muskmelon didn't work. Now I know!
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Level 73
Sep 29, 2019
Perhaps accept "sweet melon" for Honey Dew? It's different from cantaloupe, and that's what they're called in most supermarkets I've seen.
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Level 43
Sep 29, 2019
I missed pineapple. I was surprised that kiwi didn't make the list.
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Level 67
Sep 30, 2019
Are those not shockingly low numbers across the board? Only 73% of people have bought a banana in the last year? Less than that for apples and nearly half the population didn't buy an orange? I'm clearly out of touch as I would have guessed more people would have purchased at least 15 of 20 than the number of people who didn't even buy a banana.
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Level 56
Sep 30, 2019
Tomatoes are fruits. Not sure where the quiz source gets its classification from, but tomatoes are most certainly NOT vegetables.
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Level 77
Feb 10, 2021
Why aren't you sure where the quiz gets its numbers from? The author listed a source. If you cannot be bothered to read the information at the beginning of the quiz that somebody made for you to do for fun free of cost, then don't start complaining in the comments.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2023
they said they're not sure where the source got its classification for, not the quiz.
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Level 77
Nov 1, 2019
What, no rhubarb!. You Americans are really missing out!
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Is that not a vegetable?
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Level 68
Dec 15, 2020
Tomato should be in there.
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Level 62
Feb 17, 2021
Unpopular opinion: Bananas are gross
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Level 60
Aug 14, 2021
😮
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
B-but I love tenderly peeling them open... and gulping down on the soft flesh...
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Level 57
Mar 19, 2021
tomato is also a fruit
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2021
I always forget about melons.
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Level 48
Jun 23, 2022
interesting, that tomato is not in the Top 20. Guess in ketchup must be something else.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2023
I'm not sure what it's like in the USA, but I don't think people usually make their own ketchup.
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2022
Watermelons and cantaloupes are also considered to be vegetables by some agriculturists and botanists. :)
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
How???
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Level 85
Dec 5, 2022
How can only 48 percent of the households buy lemon in a year? The culinary culture in US is just very strange to me. Don't you use lemons (more specifically their juices) for salads or soups or even dinners? In my country we don't usually consume lemon as a fruit but we always have lemons in our fridge for preparing salad sauce or make our meals more refreshing. You can eat tons of herbs just with lemon and olive oil and they are mostly delicious :p
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Level 82
Dec 5, 2022
You can easily get by doing a year's worth of cooking without using a single lemon. I don't know where you're from... some international cuisine frankly uses far too much lemon... to the point where if you try to finish a meal your tongue will be raw from citrus.
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Level 82
Dec 5, 2022
map says Izmir, Turkey. Makes sense. It's those eastern Mediterranean cuisines I was mostly thinking of that get way out of hand overusing lemons.
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Level 80
Dec 8, 2022
Drink garnish maybe?
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Most of those lemons are for lemonade probably...

We just don't really use lemon as an ingredient, although it's possibly in sauces and stuff, we rarely make it ourselves

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Level 65
Dec 5, 2022
Go apple !

Go orange !

Go banana !

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Level 68
Dec 5, 2022
I thought Tomatoes and Peppers would be in here, tried them for the green 'some people think it's a veg' answer.
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Same
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2022
tomato
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Level 89
Dec 5, 2022
Kiwis are eaten by little kids like candy and thrown in every fruit mix. How do they miss out?
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Level 76
Dec 5, 2022
From here in NZ, I laugh when I read this. We call a "Kiwi" the bird, which means your young 'uns are eating very small and unusual steaks, which might explain their endangered status. At the grocers you need to ask for kiwifruit to avoid getting a strange look (and/or a very small and unusual steak).
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
Where do you live and how can I get there???
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Level 56
Dec 5, 2022
Tomato?
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Level 27
Dec 5, 2022
What about clementines? They're listed in the top 20 on most lists for the US, while Honey-Dew isn't.
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Level 64
Dec 5, 2022
I've gotten into so many arguments over whether cantaloupe or honeydew is better. I'm glad this quiz proves me right with both statistics :^)
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2022
Oh dang it, I couldn't come up with banana...
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Level 60
May 17, 2023
I got it this time.
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2023
what about tomato? everyone buys tomatos.
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Level 32
Oct 12, 2023
tomato? its a fruit, botanically
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Level 65
Mar 1, 2024
and a fruit, common sensically