Strawberries are among the top 5 fruits eaten in the U.S. and California produces more than 88% of the strawberries grown in the country! Strawberries thrive in the moderate climate of California's coastal regions, but they can also be grown inland too! California produces more than 2 billion pounds of strawberries every year!
California Grown Commodities
California is an important producer of milk and dairy products, and alfalfa is a critical part of a cow's diet! Alfalfa is a perennial crop, meaning that once planted, farmers can harvest it several times for a number of years.
California produces 90% of the nation's broccoli every year!
Cotton is grown in 11 counties in California, from as far north as Glenn County, north of Sacramento, to Imperial County along the Mexican border.
Pistachios are a great fit for California, and we produce more than 98% of the nation's pistachio crop
Did you know that almonds have long been a treasured food? Eaten by pharoahs and traders of the silk road, almonds are even mentioned in the biblical accounts.
Spinach is grown nearly all-year long in California. Most California farmers specialize in growing flat spinach! California farmers produce about 75% of the country's total spinach crop.
California has the second most irrigated acreage in the United States, with Nebraska alone irrigating more. California's almost 8 million irrigated acres are dedicated to a wide diversity of more than 300 crops.
Did you know that California produces almost all of the country's artichokes (99.99%)
Listen to "A Farm Water Minute" about California grown food and commodities
California rice production provides approximately 500,000 acres of habitat annually. This habitat provides nearly 60% of the food resources consumed by wintering waterfowl in the Central Valley and is the sustenance for 2.5 million of the 5 million ducks using the Pacific Flyway.
California is the leading producer of fresh citrus in the country! California's citrus farmers grow nearly 77% of the country's fresh market citrus. (Florida's citrus primarily goes to making orange juice!)
California leads the nation in tomato production, producing approximately 95% of the nation's tomatoes.
California grows about 90% of the country's cantaloupe melons every year.
Setton Farms generously donated their pistachios and some of California’s best food bloggers brought their talents to share these great recipes with us: Pistachio Pesto...