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 14, 2019
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Tonnes
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 43
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 80
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 81
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 63
Jun 4, 2014
Palm should count for palm oil
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Level 63
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 63
Jun 5, 2014
I got rubber, but I missed grapes! Oh well.
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Level 65
Jun 23, 2014
never in a million years would I have guessed "water buffalo milk"... who knew, right?
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Level 37
Jun 13, 2016
So, cotton but not trees? I wonder where the line is drawn.
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Level 80
Jan 15, 2020
yeah why not paper or lumber
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Level 47
Jun 21, 2020
and apples, pears and oranges !
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Level 21
Sep 15, 2016
Perhaps tapioca can be added for cassava..
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Level 83
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 81
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 72
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 71
Aug 21, 2020
I also think it is due to the measuring. For sugarcane, basically the whole plant is harvested, but the final product (refined sugar) only has a fraction of that weight. In case of apples for example, only the fruits are harvested, but now, the final product has the same weight.
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Level 32
Sep 13, 2020
Why is it frightening? Isn't HFCS worse?
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Level 65
Sep 22, 2020
No.
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Level 54
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 67
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 62
Nov 20, 2019
tea, coffee and cocoa seemed total shoe ins. What happened to them, over cucumbers and pears?
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Level 36
Sep 15, 2020
I think it's measured by weight of the raw crop
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Level 78
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 68
Jan 3, 2019
Seconded
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Level 46
Jan 16, 2019
I agree ! (otherwise I'll just blame it on google translate)
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Level 78
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 62
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 75
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 54
Apr 8, 2020
Please?
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Level 47
Jun 21, 2020
I would say no. There are several sugar crops- cane, beet and to an extent corn are grown for that and many others on the list are good sources of it.
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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 70
Oct 24, 2020
Same. But then I remembered that it's by weight, and that would explain tea and tobacco for sure. As for the others, they are still either not that heavy or their production not high enough to make the list. Cocoa is heavy but depends on whether they measure the whole fruit or just the seeds, which is more likely.
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Level 45
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 80
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 55
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 41
Jan 29, 2019
no, because sugarbeats exist
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Level 56
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 67
Jun 5, 2019
sweet potato would be a yam if I am not mistaken
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Level 62
Nov 20, 2019
You are mistaken.
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Level 56
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 59
Jan 19, 2019
I think there is an error in peanuts not being on the list.
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Level 65
Jan 20, 2019
Jesus, slicing it a little thin with the yam/sweet potato and orange/tangerine distinctions, huh?
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Level 65
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 78
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 68
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 78
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 62
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 71
Aug 21, 2020
Just see wiki.
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Level 40
Jan 20, 2019
Two things I see missing: Grapefruit, which i belive is around 85 mtons, and Coffee Plants
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2019
Millet? Sorghum? Never heard of it. Gonna look them up now.
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Level 67
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 78
Nov 14, 2019
So apparently money really doesn't grow on trees. :-(
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Level 49
Jan 15, 2020
Thought vanilla, cocoa, peanut, tobacco, coffee, cherry, rasberry, and blackberry would be here
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Level 71
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 43
Jan 16, 2020
Three that are definitely missed - Peanut, Hemp and Poppy
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Level 38
Apr 3, 2020
what about coffee?? Coffee should definitely be in there
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Level 52
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 71
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 70
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 70
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 62
Oct 25, 2020
Rare to see a quiz where the top-ranked, upper-left-corner, most common item, has a <50% guess rate.