Spain is one of the largest fruit and vegetable exporters in the world. The country’s mild climate, fertile soil, and advanced farming techniques make it an ideal location for growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Some of the most popular Spanish fruits and vegetables include:
- Citrus fruits: Spain is one of the top producers of oranges and mandarins in the world. The region of Valencia is particularly well-known for its oranges, which are exported to countries all over the world.
- Tomatoes: Spain is the second-largest producer of tomatoes in the European Union, and Spanish tomatoes are known for their flavor and quality.
- Peppers: Spain is also a major producer of peppers, including sweet peppers and hot chili peppers.
- Grapes: Spain is one of the largest wine-producing countries in the world, and grapes are a major crop in many regions of the country.
- Other fruits and vegetables: Spain also produces a wide range of other fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, melons, cucumbers, lettuce, and artichokes.
In 2022, Spain exported around 15.8 billion euros worth of fruits and vegetables, making it one of the top exporters in the world. Some of the main export destinations for Spanish fruits and vegetables include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, the country exported approximately 13.8 million tons of fruits and vegetables in 2022, with a total export value of 14.8 billion euros. Here are some additional statistics on Spain’s fruit and vegetable exports:
- The top fruit exports from Spain in 2022 were oranges, mandarins, and watermelons.
- The top vegetable exports from Spain in 2022 were peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes.
- The European Union was the main destination for Spanish fruit and vegetable exports in 2022, accounting for approximately 92% of total exports. The United Kingdom was the largest individual market, followed by Germany, France, and Italy.
- Outside of the EU, the top markets for Spanish fruits and vegetables in 2022 were Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
- Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Spanish fruit and vegetable exports increased by 2.7% in volume and 3.3% in value compared to 2019.