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World's Most Grown Crops

Name the world's most grown crops based on total amount produced.
For the year 2017. Source: FAOSTAT
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Last updated: December 30, 2018
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Crop
1842 mil
Sugar cane
1135 mil
Maize
772 mil
Wheat
770 mil
Rice
388 mil
Potato
353 mil
Soybean
318 mil
Palm oil fruit
301 mil
Sugar beet
292 mil
Cassava
182 mil
Tomato
147 mil
Barley
118 mil
Watermelon
114 mil
Banana
113 mil
Sweet potato
98 mil
Onion
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Crop
84 mil
Cucumber
83 mil
Apple
76 mil
Canola
74 mil
Cotton
74 mil
Grape
73 mil
Orange
73 mil
Yam
71 mil
Cabbage
61 mil
Coconut
58 mil
Sorghum
52 mil
Eggplant
51 mil
Mango
48 mil
Sunflower seed
43 mil
Carrot / turnip
39 mil
Plantain
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Crop
36 mil
Chili pepper
33 mil
Tangerine
32 mil
Melon
28 mil
Millet
28 mil
Garlic
28 mil
Spinach
27 mil
Pumpkin
27 mil
Pineapple
27 mil
Lettuce
26 mil
Cauliflower / broccoli
26 mil
Oat
25 mil
Peach
24 mil
Green bean
24 mil
Pear
21 mil
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level 44
May 29, 2014
cassava is also known as manioc and yuca
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level ∞
May 29, 2014
Those will work now too.
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level 78
Jun 3, 2014
Could oil palm be accepted for palm oil? Carrots and turnips have nothing in common, I don't understand why they are grouped here... (carrots are apiaceae and turnips are brassicaceae).
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level 79
Aug 14, 2016
As youngsters, turnip or swede (both very unpopular) were mashed with carrot to make them more appetising - so they do have something in common:-)
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level ∞
Aug 14, 2016
Palm will work now
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level 64
Jan 19, 2019
Palm could also work for coconut, oil palm is more specific. If you accept the more general term, why not the more exact one as well?
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level 62
Jun 4, 2014
Palm should count for palm oil
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level 62
Aug 14, 2016
Agreed. I typed in "palm", didn't get it and moved on. None of the other vegetables that make oils are that specific (presumably because they're also used for things other than oil), so I wasn't expecting that one to be.
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level 61
Jun 5, 2014
I got rubber, but I missed grapes! Oh well.
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level 62
Jun 23, 2014
never in a million years would I have guessed "water buffalo milk"... who knew, right?
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level 39
Jun 13, 2016
So, cotton but not trees? I wonder where the line is drawn.
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level 21
Sep 15, 2016
Perhaps tapioca can be added for cassava..
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level 80
Dec 30, 2018
Considering how prevalent they are around Africa and Asia, I'm surprised that peanuts didn't make the list.
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level 79
Dec 30, 2018
Kinda terrifying that even with all the alternative sweeteners like corn syrup used today, sugar cane is still the world's most produced crop, and it's not a close race.
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level 71
Dec 31, 2018
That's really only true in the US, I believe. In Europe, Asia, and even Mexico, for instance, real sugar is still used in soft drinks – not HFCS. Plus there is a ton of plain ol' sugar in nearly all processed food no matter where you are, so I wonder if that doesn't account for a lot of it.
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level 46
Dec 30, 2018
I started with this quiz but I immediately remembered I barely know any of the answers in English, oh well... Update: I forgot about a lot of fruits and vegetables as well lol, gotta go to sleep I guess
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level 64
Dec 30, 2018
No sweet pepper, no lemons, no mushrooms, no coffee, no tea, no cacao?! o0
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level 58
Jan 19, 2019
I'm guessing for tea & cacao the final product is more concentrated so the production tonnage is lower than for a lot of fruits.
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level 58
Nov 20, 2019
tea, coffee and cocoa seemed total shoe ins. What happened to them, over cucumbers and pears?
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level 75
Jan 3, 2019
Perhaps accept "oilseed rape" for rapeseed/canola? That is name I've heard most often in the UK.
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level 67
Jan 3, 2019
Seconded
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level 41
Jan 16, 2019
I agree ! (otherwise I'll just blame it on google translate)
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level 76
Jan 20, 2019
Canola (Canadian oil) is a newer, improved type of rapeseed oil which had some of the bad things in rapeseed bred out of it. I remember when it first came out in the '70s it was touted as the newest, greatest "health" food. So would the two really be the same thing? Perhaps it's labeled differently across the pond.
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level 58
Nov 20, 2019
UK has no canola. We do have rapeseed oil though, in varying degrees of artisanness. Our countryside is strewn with yellow fields when the rape flowers.
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level 76
Jan 6, 2019
Always fun to see this quiz updated with the new year! In line with accepting palm, soy, chili and sunflower, please accept sugar sans cane.
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level 50
Jan 12, 2019
I'm very surprised that coffee, cocoa, peanuts and tobacco are not on this list.
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level 41
Jan 15, 2019
Nice! Surprised that coffee, tea and cocoa aren’t on here though, thought they’d be more prevalent :O
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level 77
Jan 15, 2019
I think a lot of these fruits show up over coffee beans because they do this by weight and fruits naturally are full of water. Coffee beans by themselves aren't that heavy but if you calculated the weight of all the coffee produced from them it would be a lot more.
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level 53
Jan 17, 2019
No avocado or kale??? LOL
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level 53
Jan 19, 2019
How is coffee, cacao, tea, and cola not on here? Also tobacco, opium, marijuana, and hops...
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level 44
Jan 19, 2019
How about allowing sugar for sugar cane?
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level 42
Jan 29, 2019
no, because sugarbeats exist
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level 51
Jan 19, 2019
Could potato be accepted for sweet potato?
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level 67
Mar 9, 2019
Like York and New York are the same place.
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level 63
Jun 5, 2019
sweet potato would be a yam if I am not mistaken
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level 58
Nov 20, 2019
You are mistaken.
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level 51
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 64
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 58
Jan 19, 2019
I think there is an error in peanuts not being on the list.
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level 63
Jan 20, 2019
Jesus, slicing it a little thin with the yam/sweet potato and orange/tangerine distinctions, huh?
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level 63
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 76
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 69
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 76
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 61
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 35
Jan 20, 2019
Two things I see missing: Grapefruit, which i belive is around 85 mtons, and Coffee Plants
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level 63
Jun 5, 2019
Millet? Sorghum? Never heard of it. Gonna look them up now.
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level 63
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 72
Nov 14, 2019
So apparently money really doesn't grow on trees. :-(