U.S. vegetable availability increased in 2020 compared with 2019
The overall amount of vegetables available for consumption in the United States was 382.5 pounds per capita in 2020 – below the 20-year average of 389.8 pounds but increased from 371.6 pounds in 2019. The vegetables food group is composed of five main subgroups: legumes, other vegetables, dark green, red and orange (including tomatoes), and starchy (including potatoes). Some vegetable subgroups have increased in popularity, while others have seen declines. Comparing 2020 with the 20-year average, per capita availability of legumes, dark green vegetables, and red and orange vegetables increased while starchy vegetables and “other vegetables,” a subgroup containing 16 different vegetables, declined. Potatoes and tomatoes are consistently the individual vegetables with the highest per capita availability over the 20-year period.
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