What Food Does Florida Grow?


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Melinda Moore answered

Florida oranges

Florida's most important agricultural product is oranges. The US Department of Agriculture recently estimated (in early 2013) that the state's orange crop for 2012-2013 would be in the region of 141 million boxes.

Other citrus fruits from Florida

Aside from oranges, the other citrus fruits grown in Florida include:

  • Grapefruit
  • Limes
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos (a hybrid citrus fruit, see below)

The Florida tomato crop

Florida's next-most-important crop is tomatoes, and production lasts from October to June. The majority of Florida's winter tomato crop is consumed in the eastern United States.

What other fruits does Florida grow?

The other non-citrus fruits grown in Florida include:

  • Bananas
  • Papayas
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons

The Florida sugar cane crop

Florida is also the main grower of sugar cane in the US - and sugar cane represents one of the state's top five most economically-viable field crops.

Other crops grown in the state of Florida

Other field crops that are grown in Florida include peanuts and soybeans. Many vegetable crops are also grown in the state, and these include:

  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Beans
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn

Let's not forget Florida cattle and poultry, either!

Livestock and poultry are also very important in terms of the food produced in Florida, and beef cattle and milk are the state's leading livestock products.

Manufactured foods from Florida

Of course, there are also many manufactured food supplies which are created in Florida from the raw produce grown in the state, such as Florida orange juice and canned fruit.

The food produced by Florida waters

Last, but far from least, there's also Florida's fishing industry to consider.

The major freshwater fish is catfish, but the industry also catches the following:

  • Shrimp
  • Lobsters
  • Grouper
  • Clams
  • Mackerel
  • Mullet
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Menhaden
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Shark

Florida farming

If you'd like to know more about Florida's farming and fishing industries, then these videos should help:

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I don't know if you would consider oranges food, but florida has the best I have ever tasted.

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