California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than 50 consecutive years!
Nationally, products exclusively grown (99% or more) in California include almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts, while 70 to 80% of all ripe olives are grown in California.
California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries, averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or 83% of the country’s total fresh and frozen strawberry production!
California is also home to Gilroy which is known as the “Garlic Capitol of the World.”
Avocados (also called Aligator Pears)! California produces about 90% of the nation’s avocado crop. The most popular variety is the Hass. Avocados have been growing in California since 1871. Most (60%) of avocados are grown in San Diego County and are grown throughout the state year round. A single tree usually produces around 60 pounds of fruit (the avocado is actually a fruit, not a vegetable) which equals about 150 avocados but some trees have been known to produce as much as 200 pounds of fruit or 500 avocados!
Orange County, CA also used to be famous for the vast amount of orange groves it had, hence how it got its name. Most people see Orange County on television as a lavish place full of wealth and luxury, but there was a time when it was mainly full of orange groves! A few still exist, but modern development has destroyed many of them.
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