How Many Fruits and Vegetables Are There? [TOP 10 MOST POPULAR]

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Are There

I’ve been learning a lot about the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables and was curious about how many fruits and vegetables there actuall are.

I looked at the statistics and here’s what I found.

Overall, there are around 3000 known fruits and vegetables. Of that number 1000 are vegetables, and 2000 are fruits.

It’s likely there are many rare and unknown fruits and vegetables that could increase this number over time, but at the time of writing, there are 3000 in total

Below, I will reveal the most popular fruit in the world based on how many people consume it, as well as a list of the top 10 most popular fruits in the world.

I’ll also present some data showing what most people think is the worst fruit.

As well as, detail the most popular fruits in the USA.

What is the world’s favorite fruit?

What is the world's favorite fruit

So, what fruit is the number one, the fruit that beats all the other fruits?

Here’s the world’s favorite fruit.

Tomatoes are the world’s favorite fruit. Followed by, bananas and watermelons.

There are nearly twice as many tomatoes produced a year worldwide as there are bananas.

And around the same amount of watermelons are produced a year as bananas.

So tomatoes are the clear winner.

You may have heard that tomatoes are a fruit when they generally aren’t most you’d generally think of as a fruit.

However, in strict mathematical/scientific language fruits and vegetables aren’t differentiated by their taste but rather based on the way that they grow.

For example, a vegetable is always the roots, stalk, or leaves of the plant.

Such as carrots, celery, and lettuce.  Whereas, a fruit is the seed pod.

As you might have already guessed, there are many well-known vegetables that are actually fruits such as cucumbers, and pumpkins.

For you to refer to pumpkin as a vegetable you would need to be talking about the stem, roots, or leaves.

But, most people don’t consume the stem, roots, or leaves of pumpkin.

So, it’s generally regarded as a fruit.

This is, however, a little-known fact.

What are the 10 most popular fruits in the world?

What are the 10 most popular fruits in the world

Certain fruits like bananas and apples come to mind as some of the most easy-to-find fruits at grocery stores, and specialist fruit and veg stores.

But, I wanted to know what the 10 most popular are.

Here are the results of some studies that looked at global fruit production.

The 10 ten most popular fruits based on consumption are:

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Bananas
  3. Watermelons
  4. Apples           
  5. Grapes
  6. Oranges
  7. Mangoes and Guavas
  8. Plantains
  9. Tangerines, Mandarins and Clementines
  10. Pineapples

*data provided by World Atlas.

The fruits in the list above are produced the most throughout the world.

Interestingly, the country that produces the most tomatoes and accounts for 30% of the total tomatoes grown each year is China.

Also, for bananas the following countries grow the most:

  • India
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Ecuador
  • Brazil

Bananas grow best in tropical humid climates and based on the list of countries it seems that most of the production is in countries that are located close to the equator.

Which makes sense, because the further away from the equator you go the colder it gets.

What is the king of all fruits?

What is the king of all fruits

You may have heard people say the term ‘the king of fruits, but didn’t know what it was.

Durian is considered the king of all fruits.

Although, jackfruit could be considered a close second.

Durian has a very unpleasant smell.

To the point where it’s banned from being carried on public transport in countries South East Asia where it’s widely available.

Durian flesh is soft, and yellow in color.  And as you may know, it has sharp and spiky skin.

Durian grows on trees that can grow very large and is popular in South East Asia.

Although, it grows in tropical climates.  Jackfruit grows to be much larger in size.

I recently wrote an article about the differences between jackfruit and durian. Read it [here, jackfruit vs durian].

What is America’s favorite fruit?

What is America's favorite fruit

America is one of the largest economies in the world so then what is America’s favorite fruit?

Apples and oranges are the most consumed fruit in America according to data produced by the USDA.

However, the reason that apples and oranges are America’s favorite fruit is because of apple and orange juice.

For just eating the fruit itself bananas are the most popular.

Here are some tables that show a comparison between the most consumed fruits based on whether it’s the fresh fruit itself, or the fruit juice.

I also added both the fruit juice and fresh fruit together to show which is the most consumed overall.

Fruit Fresh fruit
Bananas 14.0%
Apples 9.5%
Oranges 3.0%
Fruit Juice
Oranges 17.0%
Apples 13.0%
Bananas 0.0%
Fruit Fresh fruit + fruit juice
Apples 22.5%
Oranges 20.0%
Bananas 14.0%

As you can see the fresh fruit that is sold the most is bananas, but the most popular juice is apple and orange.

When you combine both juice and fresh fruit, apples are the most popular.

What is the most hated fruit?

What is the most hated fruit

I like most fruits, but at certain times in my life, I avoided certain fruits like starfruit that have a sour taste.

Now, my taste has changed and I like quite sour fruits.

But, I was curious about what most people consider to be the worst fruit.

I collated some data from reddit posts and here’s what I found:

Dragonfruit was voted as the most hated fruit.

Followed by grapefruit, durian, and tomato.

Various other fruits were rated once, such as blackberries, and apples.

However, dragonfruit has significantly more votes.

Here’s a table that shows the data I collected from people’s responses:

Fruit Votes
Dragon fruit 5
Grapefruit 4
Durian 4
Tomato 3
Bananas 2
Peach 2
Apples 1
Tamarillos 1
Starfruit 1
Blackberries 1
Mango 1
Pears 1
Cantaloupe/rock melon 1
Gooseberries 1
Papaya 1
Kiwi 1

Total votes = 31 votes

The number of votes makes the data fairly accurate.

However, the audience is limited to people who use Reddit, and therefore, it couldn’t be said with 100% certainty that dragonfruit is the most hated fruit.

In fact, many people acoss the world haven’t tried dragonfruit so this may be swekwed somewhat.

Interestingly, when people described why they didn’t like certain fruits it was because they found them disgusting.

But, with some of the fruits that only got 1 vote, the respondents had a good reason such as they didn’t like the texture.

What fruits have the most vitamin C?

What fruits have the most vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to be very good for your overall health.

So, I wanted to know what fruits have the most vitamin C.

  1. Kiwi fruit – 93mg – 150% of your DI per 100g
  2. Papaya – 60mg – 85% of your DI per 100g
  3. Citrus fruits like oranges – 53mg – 90% of your DI per 100g
  4. Pineapple – 47mg – 88% of your DI per 100g
  5. Mango – 36mg – 60% of your DI per 100g
  6. Cantaloupe – 36mg of vitamin C – 50% of your DI per 100g

The general advice that oranges are high in vitamin C is accurate.

As you may know, 100g is equivalent to about half a cup.

An average orange has about half a cup to a cup of flesh.

Therefore, if you eat 2 oranges a day you will get the recommended amount of vitamin C.

What fruits have the most calories?

What fruits have the most calories

When you’re trying to lose weight it’s important to consume foods that have an average or low amount of calories.

As well as, avoiding foods that are high in calories.

So, I was curious what fruits have the most calories.

Raisins have the most calories of any other type of fruit.

But, dates are a close second.

Raisins and dates contain around 300 calories per half-cup.

They have about 3 times the calories of most other fruit.

Here are a table that shows the lowest calorie fruits and the highest calorie fruits (source):

Fruit Calories per half-cup (3.5 oz or 100 g)
Lemon 29 cal
Watermelon 30 cal
Lime 30 cal
Starfruit 31 cal
Strawberries 32 cal
Cantaloupe 34 cal
Peach 39 cal
Papaya 43 cal
Blackberries 43 cal
Mulberries 43 cal
Nectarine 44 cal
Cranberries 46 cal
Plum 46 cal
Orange 47 cal
Clementine 47 cal
Apricot 48 cal
Pineapple 50 cal
Blood Oranges 50 cal
Cherries 50 cal
Apple 52 cal
Raspberries 52 cal
Mandarin Oranges 53 cal
Tangerine 53 cal
Currants 56 cal
Pear 57 cal
Blueberries 57 cal
Mango 60 cal
Kiwi 61 cal
Lychees 66 cal
Guava 68 cal
Grapes 69 cal
Acai 70 cal
Figs 74 cal
Jujube 79 cal
Rambutan 82 cal
Pomegranate 83 cal
Banana 89 cal
Jackfruit 95 cal
Passion Fruit 97 cal
Custard Apple 101 cal
Plantains 122 cal
Persimmon 127 cal
Avocado 160 cal
Tamarind 239 cal
Dates 282 cal
Raisins 299 cal

From the table, you can see that most fruits are below 100 calories, and only 10% of fruits have over 100 calories per 3.4 oz (100 g).

Apples, oranges, and bananas are the most popular fruit.

Apples and oranges have quite a low amount of calories with only 50 calories per 3.4 oz (100 g).

Whereas, bananas have around 89 calories.

You may have noticed that I listed avocado as a fruit.

And most people would say, hey wait a minute avocado is a vegetable.

It’s true of many vegetables that they are scientifically classified as fruits when in reality they are savory and not sweet like most other fruits.

Examples are cucumbers, eggplant, and tomatoes. Many people also wonder whether sugar in fruit can make you fat.

I recently looked at some scientific studies into whether this is the case or not.

You can read the article I wrote about whether sugar in fruit can make you fat [here, can sugar in fruit make you fat].

Chris Watson

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