According to Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture, the country became the world's leading exporter of asparagus after exporting 173,000 tons of fresh asparagus in 2020.
The main producing entities are Sonora, Guanajuato, Baja California, and Baja California Sur, which accounted for 95.5% of last year's harvest. The leading producing municipalities in Sonora are Caborca, San Luis Rio Colorado, and Altar.
99.9% of the production (a total of 173,356 tons) was sent to the United States; 26 tons were shipped to Spain, and 25 tons to Japan.
Mexico also ships asparagus to the United Kingdom, Belize, Panama, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, El Salvador, and Malaysia. Germany, France, and Switzerland are potential customers.
Asparagus is a vegetable that contains vegetable protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and the vitamins C, B3, B1, B2, B6, B9, and A. In addition, it provides minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, zinc, and iodine.
Annual per capita consumption in the country stood at one kilogram last year.