Which US Cities Consume the Most Fruits and Vegetables?

Fruits and Vegetable figuresA commercial greenhouse construction plan – a service offered by firms such as Conservatory Craftsmen – seems like a good idea especially in Buffalo, N.Y., and San Francisco, where demand for fresh produce is quite strong.

The 2018 American Fitness Index showed that almost 39% of people in Buffalo eat at least two servings of fruit every day. More than 27% of San Francisco residents eat three servings of vegetables each day, according to the index.

Healthy Cities

While Buffalo and San Francisco eat more fruits and vegetables than other cities, the index listed Arlington in Virginia as the fittest city in the U.S. due to other factors aside from eating habits. Oklahoma City ranked at the bottom of the list.

The index ranked 100 cities in the country, and it showed that adults would rather eat fruits than vegetables. Those who eat at least servings of fruit daily accounted for 30% of adults, as opposed to 18% of adults that consume at least three servings of vegetables.

Mangos are particularly in demand among Americans, as consumption reached a record high in 2017.

Record Mango Consumption

The National Mango Board (NMB) said that per capita consumption of mangos in the U.S. rose to 3.42 pounds in the previous year from 1.88 pounds in 2005. Manuel Michel of the NMB attributed the increase to better product quality and a steadier availability of produce year-round.

The introduction of more varieties also helped in driving the increased consumption rate over the last 12 years. The NMB plans to boost the popularity of mangos by further expanding the available varieties that are sold in the market. Mangos are currently the 13th most consumed fruit in the country.

Conclusion

High consumption of fruits and vegetables indicates a strong demand for fresh produce, so farmers should think of different ways on how to cultivate crops. Commercial greenhouses are one way to do this.