The Top 5 Types of Fruit Produced in the World

  Fruit World Fruit Production
1 Tomatoes 182,256,458 m/t
2 Bananas 115,737,861 m/t
3 Watermelons 103,931,337 m/t
4 Apples 86,142,197 m/t
5 Grapes 79,125,982 m/t
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Tomatoes are a Fruit!

Surprise! Botanically and biologically speaking, tomatoes (or "tamatoes" as some people pronounce them) are actually a fruit. Some of you may have already known this and others may not have, but yes, tomatoes are fruit and they also happen to be the most produced "fruit" in the world.

Tomatoes are Not a Fruit!

What?? Tomatoes are really a vegetable?? Well, commercially and legally speaking, in the United States, yes. This fight about whether a tomato was a fruit or a vegetable (yes, that was actually a thing) was decided in the supreme court of the United States in 1893 with Nix v. Hedden when Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray ruled that:
Tomatoes are "vegetables," and not "fruit," within the meaning of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, c. 121.
Trust us, there's much more legalese written about this decision, but basically Gray decided that concerning things that mattered the most to American consumers, a tomato is a vegetable even though it's scientifically a fruit.

We here at have decided to shake things up a bit and stir the debate even more by including tomatoes in our list of the most produced type of "fruit" in the world. However just in case there are any complaints out there in the "tomatoes are vegetables" camp, Mangos are the 6th most produced type of fruit in the world (at 55 million tonnes) or the 5th most produced fruit depending on how deeply you feel about all this.

Bananas are The Second Most Produced Fruit

Tags: Farming & Agriculture Statistics, Crops, Food & Drink

Sources:  FAOSTAT data, 2020 (last accessed by Top 5 of Anything: Sept 2020).

List Notes: List is the top 5 fruit crops produced globally. Production is in metric tonnes (m/t) for the year 2018 (latest year for which fruit production statistics are available).

Types of Fruit Produced in the World

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