February 3, 2021

Dark green, red, orange vegetables have expanded availability in 21st century

According to Food Availability Data from the USDA, Economic Research Service, legumes, dark greens, and red and orange vegetables have expanded their shares of total U.S. vegetable availability over the last 20 years.

This line chart shows vegetable subgroups available annually in the United States from 2000 to 2019, in the pounds per capita.Image: USDA 

  • Legumes: dry edible beans, dry peas.
  • Dark green: broccoli, collard greens, escarole, kale, mustard greens, romaine and teat lettuce, spinach, turnip greens.
  • Other vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, head lettuce, okra, onions, radishes, snap beans, squash.
  • Red and orange-S/Cas: bell peppers, carrots, chili peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes.
  • Starchy: green peas, lima beans, sweet corn.



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