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California still produces lion's share of US-grown avocados

Though the United States is a huge consumer of avocados, second only to Mexico, it doesn't produce that many itself. Most of the avocados in the US are imported: $3 billion worth in 2021, or 1.2 metric tons; $2.8 billion of that, or 1.1 metric tons, came from Mexico.

A report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows that in 2020, the United States produced $426 million in avocados, or a little more than 206,000 tons. There are hundreds of kinds of avocados grown worldwide, ranging from the enormous Monroe variety, which weighs in at around 32 ounces, to the most common U.S. variety, the Hass.

According to NASS, the state of California grows roughly 90% of all the avocados in the United States, followed by the states of Florida and Hawaii. Most of the avocados in California are the Hass variety, which is native to the state. Avocados in the Golden State are a year-round crop, and while the average tree produces about 60 pounds of fruit, some trees can produce as much as 200 pounds in a single year.


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