Kingdoms of Watermelon and Melon

There are such delicious large, juicy, and sweet berries – watermelons and melons!

Although watermelons and melons can be grown in special conditions in Latvia, the homeland of these large fruits is warm and sunny lands.

NeoGeo.lv decided to find out where in the world watermelons and melons are grown the most.

NeoGeo.lv obtained data on watermelon and melon cultivation worldwide for the year 2013 from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) database.

The watermelon total production worldwide in the year 2013.

The part of the worldTotal production (million tons)
Asia
91,2
North America and South America
6,3
Africa
6,1
Europe
5,5
Oceania
0,2
WORLDWIDE TOTAL
109,3

In 2013, Asia produced 84% of all watermelons worldwide.

The top 5 countries in watermelon production worldwide in 2013

PlaceCountryTotal production (million tons)% of world total production
1.
China
72,9
66,7
2.
Iran
4,0
3,7
3.
Turkey
3,9
3,6
4.
Brazil
2,2
2,0
5.
Egypt
1,9
1,7

In 2013, China produced 2/3 of all the watermelons in the world.

If we assume an average weight of about 8 kg per watermelon, it means that approximately 9 billion watermelons were grown in China, which is more than 1 watermelon for every person in the world.

Impressive!

In Europe, only 5% of all the watermelons in the world were produced in 2013.

Which countries in Europe grew the most watermelons?

The top 5 countries in watermelon production in Europe in 2013

PlaceCountryTotal production (million tons)% of world total production
1.
Russia
1,42
25,8
2.
Spain
0,87
15,8
3.
Ukraine
0,64
11,6
4.
Greece
0,62
11,3
5.
Romania
0,57
10,4

In Europe, there is no single country that is a pronounced leader in watermelon cultivation. On our store shelves, we have seen watermelons from all the major watermelon-producing countries in Europe.

The harvesting of watermelon crops in China.
The harvesting of watermelon crops in China.
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zilpho/3861739923/
Watermelon traders in India.
Watermelon traders in India.
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2wid/13913471163/
Japanese cubic watermelons. Foto: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carson/2703599301/

Now let’s look at melon cultivation worldwide in the year 2013.


Melon total production worldwide in the year 2013

The part of the worldTotal production (million tons)
Asia
21,3
North America and South America
4,0
Africa
2,1
Europe
2,0
Oceania
0,1
WORLDWIDE TOTAL
29,5

In 2013, Asia produced 72% of all the melons worldwide.

The top 5 countries in watermelon production worldwide in 2013

PlaceCountryTotal production (million tons)% of world total production
1.
China
14,3
48,5
2.Iran
1,7
5,8
3.
Turkey
1,5
5,1
4.
Brazil
1,0
3,4
5.
Egypt
1,0
3,4

China grew approximately half of all the melons in the world in 2013.

If we assume an average weight of around 4 kg per melon, it means that about 3.5 billion melons were grown in China, which is one melon for every two people in the world.

Excellent!

In Europe, only 6.7% of all the melons in the world were grown in 2013.

Which countries in Europe grew the most melons?

The top 5 countries in melon production in Europe in 2013

The top 5 countries in melon production in Europe in 2013

PlaceCountryTotal production (million tons)% of world total production
1.Spain
0,86
43,0
2.
Italy
0,48
24,0
3.
France
0,26
13,0
4.
Ukraine
0,15
7,5
5.
Greece
0,11
5,5

Spain is the leader in melon cultivation in Europe. We have also noticed this in the fruit section of our stores.

Melon field in the USA.
Melon field in the USA.
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timtonjes/3805595587/
Melones in Australia.
Melones in Australia.
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nodeworx/12639169513/i
Melones in Japan. Foto: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michelleramos/143604518/
<strong>Watermelons and melons are enjoyed by everyone!
Watermelons and melons are enjoyed by everyone! 
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hansmannn/19703940544/
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