10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries

10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries– There are 10 World’s biggest avocado-producing countries based on Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) database in 2021. So far, avocado (Persea americana) is a fruit plant originating from American Continent and it has been planted in many countries all over the world. Based on its nutritional content, avocados are also a complete source of nutrients because they contain vitamins C, E, and K, as well as folate, potassium, a few antioxidants that are good for health.


10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries- King of Avocadoes

Statistically, from time to time, Avocados has bigger demand from time to time. It can be seen from the production and harvested areas of avocados. Based on the production, the world’s avocado production reached 1.5 million tons in 1980 and in 2021, it became 8.6 million tons. Meanwhile, the harvested areas of avocados have also in the increasing area. in 1980, the harvested area of avocados just 188 thousand hectares and in 2021, it became 858 thousand tons. After more than 40 years, this fruit has become one of the most popular fruits because of its increasing demand from time to time. in the future, the potential increasing demand could be happen because of the needs of human consumption and the growth of human populations from time to time.


World’s Production and Harvested Areas of Avocados From 1980 to 2021

YearsHarvested AreasProduction of Avocados
(Hectares)(Tons)
1980188,3891,577,867
1981201,4591,544,663
1982208,9531,664,340
1983214,3261,676,045
1984217,8191,661,983
1985271,0931,752,861
1986265,0061,961,075
1987259,4991,825,023
1988286,3671,907,247
1989269,7951,676,416
1990285,6741,849,931
1991297,4942,057,227
1992303,5662,144,056
1993288,3381,976,818
1994296,9152,087,879
1995294,7222,137,057
1996296,5412,234,936
1997275,9352,199,248
1998294,7632,370,548
1999307,6852,467,699
2000329,3232,699,840
2001316,5912,755,497
2002331,0662,935,007
2003341,6523,111,706
2004352,8983,152,734
2005362,4823,339,639
2006370,2963,558,093
2007387,0813,500,897
2008398,6843,347,115
2009411,8763,810,047
2010430,2763,777,540
2011445,2614,066,610
2012460,2414,310,496
2013493,9974,537,128
2014535,0275,060,574
2015575,6735,401,570
2016659,4475,921,848
2017669,7096,294,332
2018724,8456,791,541
2019748,0947,166,739
2020805,7418,104,028
2021858,1528,685,672
Source: FAOSTAT, 2022

In 2021, Avocado Production in all over the world based on FAO Statistical Database reached 8.6 million tons with cultivated area up to 868 thousand hectares. Specifically, According to the continent area if we look at the production area.  The American Continent still became the main center of avocado production with 6 million tons. The Continent of Africa, Asia, and Europe was next with the production of 1 million tons, 1.2 million tons, and 151 thousand tons respectively.


Production of Avocado in 2021 Based on Continent

Historically, the avocado plant (Persea americana) came from Central America, namely Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Until now, along with its benefits, the cultivation of this plant has spread widely to various countries. Of all types of avocados, there are 3 major groups of avocado species, namely the Mexican, West Indian, and Guatemalan groups. All three have differences in fruit size, fruit skin texture, taste, fat content, resistance to disease and storage, and adaptability to the environment. In Taxonomically in Biology Science, this plant belongs to the order Laurales and the family Lauraceae so that this plant is still closely related to cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), cassia vera (C. burmanii), and scented wood or camphor wood (C. camphora).


Table Ranking of the World’s Biggest Avocado Producing Countries

RankCountries Production of Avocado in 2021
(Tons)
1Mexico2,442,945
2Colombia979,618
3Peru777,096
4Indonesia669,260
5Dominican Republic634,368
6Kenya416,803
7Brazil300,894
8Haiti248,135
9Viet Nam212,977
10Chile169,031
Source : FAOSTAT, 2021


Brief Description of 10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries


10 World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Countries - Brief desciption

1. Mexico

Mexico became the World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Country. In 2021, its avocado production reached 2.4 million tons with a planted area of around 100 thousand hectares. Mexico’s avocado production area is concentrated in the state of Michoacán and most avocado production comes from this state. Types of avocadoes grown in Mexico include Fuerte, Hass, Bacon, Reed, Criollor, and Zutano.


2. Colombia

Columbia is the 2nd biggest avocado producer in the world. In 2021, the total production reached 979 thousand tons. The Hass Avocado is one of the most widely cultivated types of avocadoes in the country. In this country, many avocado plantation developments have been carried out because of the large potential area. In addition, many foreign investors have invested in this country, thus supporting the acceleration of the expansion of avocado production.


3. Peru

Peru is the 3rd World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Country. In 2021, the total production reached 777 thousand tons. Some of the avocado-growing areas in the country are La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Aca, and Ancash. Hass and Fuerte are some of the most widely cultivated avocado species in this region. Until now, Peruvian avocados are also exported to foreign markets especially in the European region.


4. Indonesia

Indonesia is the 4th avocado-producing country in the world. In 2021, the total production reached 669,000 tons. Basically, this fruit is one of the fruits that are in demand by the people of Indonesia. In terms of geography, the largest planting areas for this commodity are in the provinces of East Java, West Java, West Sumatra, Central Java, and South Sumatra. When viewed from the type, there are several popular types of avocadoes, namely the type of avocado Wina, kendil, mentega, miki, and Pluwang.


5. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the 5th World’s Biggest Avocado-producing Country. In 2021, the total production reached 634 thousand tons. The planting area is almost spread out in various regions of the country, namely in the North, in the Southwest, in the Central, and in the South. To date, some of the avocado growing areas in the country are in Elias Piña, Moca, Altamira, San Cristobal, San José de Ocoa, Mao, Montecristi, Dajabón, Barahona, San Juan, La Romana, El Seibo, Baní, and Duvergé. In terms of plant agronomy, the most widely cultivated avocado types are Carla, Semil 34, and Hass with the type of Semil-34 being widely most produced in this country.


6. Kenya 

Kenya was the 6th biggest avocado producer. In 2021, its avocado production reached 416 thousand tons. The area for avocado production in this country around more than 20 thousand hectares. The avocado plantation spread across Nandi, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Trans- Nzoia, Bungoma, and Siaya.


7. Brazil

Brazil was the 7th biggest avocado producer in the world. In 2021, the avocado production of Samba Country reached 300 thousand tons. The major avocado areas in Brazil are in several states mainly Sâo Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Parana, Rio Grande do Sul and Ceará. In terms of cultivars of avocado, the avocado cultivars are Pollock, Fuchs, Simmonds, Prince, Linda, and Wagner. These cultivars are introduced from foreign countries. Besides the introduction of cultivars, some local avocado cultivars from Brazil are still cultivated in these countries. Some of them are Geada, Fortuna, Quintal, Ouro Verde, and Solano.


8. Haiti   

Haiti was the 8th biggest avocado producer in the world. In 2021, Haitian Avocados reached 248 thousand tons. In this country, avocados are one of the main agricultural commodities. Some of the avocado’s production is exported to another country namely Dominican Republic.


9. Chile   

Chile was the 9th biggest avocado producer in the world. In 2021, Chilean Avocados reached 169 thousand tons. Geographically, there are three major avocadoes growing regions in Chile. These areas are the river basins of the Petorca, La Ligua rivers, The Aconcagua Valley and The Maipo–Mapocho and Cachapoal river valleys. Some popular types of avocado in Chile are Hass, Zutano, and Bacon.


10. Vietnam

Vietnam is the 9th biggest producer of Avocado in 2021. According to FAO Statistical Corporate Database (FAOSTAT), the production Avocados from Vietnam reached 212,977. Geograhically, there main cultivation
region of avocados located in the provinces of Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Lam Dong, Dac Lac and Phu Tho.


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