The EU area of fruits grown organically amounted to almost 985,500 ha in 2017 (+6% vs 2016). According to recent estimates, they exceeded 1 million ha in 2018, increasing by almost 5%. In 2018, areas dedicated to fruit represented 7.5% of EU organically grown areas.
Spain is the main producer, with 38% of the EU orchard grown organically in 2018, i.e. 395,764 ha (up 8%). Andalusia represented 38% of the Spanish organic orchard in 2018. Italy is in 2nd position, with 361,917 ha in 2018 (+1.5% vs 2017), i.e. 35% of the EU organic orchard.
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As for vegetables, the organic share varies greatly from one country to another. Austria and France stood out with 34% and 23.3% in 2018. The distribution between the different categories of fruits changes from one country to another. In Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, olives are the main fruit grown organically (up to 91% of the area intended for organic fruit in Greece in 2018). In France, temperate fruits make up the highest share of the orchard grown organically.