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California supplies approximately 90% of America’s strawberries annually

California supplies approximately 90% of America’s strawberries annually



In 2022, strawberry consumption in the United States reached approximately 8 pounds per person, making strawberries the seventh most consumed fruit and the favorite berry in the country. The main source of strawberries for the US market is California, responsible for about 90% of annual production, while Florida contributes about 8%.

Other states such as New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington share the rest of the production. California’s dominance in strawberry growing is attributed to its mild climate, which allows year-round growth and harvests.

Strawberry plants thrive in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and require 6 to 10 hours of sunlight daily. The state’s extensive strawberry farms are located in regions such as Watsonville, Salinas, Santa Maria, Oxnard, Orange County and San Diego. In response to rising consumer demand, California farmers expanded their strawberry production to an estimated 41,570 acres by 2023, yielding approximately 2.57 billion pounds of strawberries.

Source: chowhound.com

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