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Countries That Produce the Most Spices

Can you name the countries that produce the greatest quantity of spices?
2020. Source: FAO Stat
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Last updated: January 18, 2022
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First submittedJune 5, 2018
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Metric Tons
Country
1,499,826
India
311,400
Ethiopia
309,523
Bangladesh
274,872
Turkey
191,453
Indonesia
103,534
China
79,533
Pakistan
Metric Tons
Country
33,152
Colombia
21,617
Nepal
20,465
Myanmar
6,443
Burkina Faso
6,428
Nigeria
5,375
Bhutan
5,252
Syria
Metric Tons
Country
5,189
Sri Lanka
5,152
Niger
4,879
Morocco
4,646
Georgia
4,354
Mexico
3,987
D.R. Congo
57 Comments
+20
Level 70
Aug 12, 2018
Good interesting quiz, couple of surprises:
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Level 72
Aug 13, 2018
That's a very random collection of answers.
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Level 75
Feb 4, 2022
Yeah this one pretty quickly turned into the Countries of the World Quiz for me.
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2018
Hungary?
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Level 85
Aug 14, 2018
I thought of Paprika. They are very obsessed with that.
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2018
That's a lot of paprika. o.O
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Level 73
Sep 12, 2018
Starving
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Level 81
Sep 12, 2018
I thought for sure Chili, I mean Chile, would be on here.
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Level 61
Sep 13, 2018
hahahah, no, no spices around here
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2018
I got a 0/5. And do you know why? Because I thought it said "Countries That Produce the Most SPIES". «facepalm»
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Level 65
Sep 12, 2018
Haha, in metric tons :)
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Level 87
Jan 18, 2022
Spies can be overweight.
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Level 75
Sep 12, 2018
And you still didn't get China?
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Level 85
Jul 19, 2019
I'm sure samiamco did get China. One correct answer won't get you any points.
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Level 68
Sep 13, 2018
Classic!!
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Level 79
Dec 1, 2019
Oh, you mean 0 out of 5 points, not answers!
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Level 71
Apr 16, 2021
Yeah, there aren't five answers
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Level 84
Feb 4, 2022
And I read it as countries that produce the most spores. Which I really want to see.
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Level 89
Aug 16, 2018
Well, that was challenging.
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Level 86
Sep 12, 2018
I know India has over 1.3 billion people, but DAMN that's a lot of spices.
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Level 76
Sep 12, 2018
Searching for 'spice' on FAO Stat (fascinating info) doesn't seem to point to the source. How can I find it? Thanks
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Level 90
Sep 12, 2018
really shocked about the lack of countries from southeast Asia. I guess their too busy cutting down trees to make palm oil.
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Level 33
Sep 12, 2018
No offence Thomal but you spelt Ethiopia wrong
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Level 77
Sep 12, 2018
Interesting, some surprises
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Level 64
Sep 12, 2018
Watch the movie "The hundred foot journey" which I did recently, and India was my first thought! :)
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Level 50
Sep 12, 2018
Harder than expected. Many surprises.
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Level 62
Sep 12, 2018
I got all of the Asian ones, but none of the African ones. I feel like a fool. :-)
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Level 49
Sep 12, 2018
Georgia and Hungary really surprised me.
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
Hungarians use paprika in everything, so that explains it.
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Level 66
Sep 12, 2018
I just got 9/20 ..... worst score ever!
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Level 68
Sep 13, 2018
Got 16, that was so interesting (the answers I didn't get)!
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2019
Hungary?
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Level 42
Apr 7, 2019
A couple of comments had already been replied to a similar comment in above comments. Check it out! :)
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2019
Surprised to not see Thailand on here, especially when neighbouring Burma scored in the top 10.
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Level 82
Apr 14, 2019
Yeah that almost has to be a mistake, right? Also surprised by the lack of Mexico. Most of the spices popular around the world originated there and it's a big country that eats a lot of spicy food. But not as spicy as Thai food of course. Brazil was another curious omission.
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Level 78
Feb 4, 2022
As far as I can tell, there are only 66 countries in the data set, and Brazil is not there at all. And I almost feel like even the data that is available is wrong. According to the source, Thailand produced 3095 metric tons. It's hard to believe that Bangladesh produces 100 times as much spice as Thailand.
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Level 74
Apr 15, 2019
I believe ALL of the Spice Girls originated in the UK. Points?
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Level 42
Apr 16, 2019
Might be this what invited them:)
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Level 73
Jan 19, 2022
How many metric tons do you think they weigh?
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Level 62
Feb 4, 2022
About 275 kg, give or take a few kg.
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Level 73
Apr 18, 2019
This random quiz has made me quite curious. What an odd assortment of numbers and countries. Makes me want to go down a rabbit hole and find out which spices each country is making.
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Level 79
Jan 19, 2022
Good to be curious, as some of these data are very iffy. More below.
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Level 45
Mar 29, 2020
Whenever I see where the spices were made, it mostly shows India
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Level 85
Jan 18, 2022
Apparently, the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper was a fluke.
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Level 89
Jan 19, 2022
India produces more than the next 19 combined. wow!
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Level 80
Jan 19, 2022
Arrakis...
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Level 79
Jan 19, 2022
Some of the "surprises" are very likely just the result of bad data. Please keep in mind that ag data reported by the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is what the countries themselves report, generally not vigorously challenged. Same is true as relevant for other UN agencies. But as surprises go, I would have expected to see Egypt on this list. And Syria???
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Level 50
Jan 19, 2022
Alot of talk of Hungary, but Georgia???? I highly doubt it. Is salt counted as a spice in this?
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Level 75
Feb 4, 2022
Yeah any explanation for Georgia???
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Level 41
Feb 4, 2022
This really had me stumped. Very good job.
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Level 48
Feb 4, 2022
You have good taste if you get at least 10/20 lolll
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Level 72
Feb 4, 2022
When you get Burkina Faso but don't get Indonesia...
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Level 79
Feb 4, 2022
well that was all over the place
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Level 73
Feb 7, 2022
I'm very surprised my home country is in here. I never would've thought.
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Level 55
Feb 10, 2022
Really surprised to see Brazil not make this list
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Level 24
Apr 24, 2024
Why does not Arrakis work?
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Level 34
May 21, 2024
I expected Pakistan to be higher..