Spain is the world's largest cucumber exporter

Spain led the world's cucumber export in 2011, the most recent year for which there is data available, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

In that year, Spain exported a total of 545,805 tonnes of cucumbers, followed by Mexico with 497,030 tonnes and the Netherlands, which ranked third, with 408,559 tonnes of cucumbers.

Iran, with 178,209 tonnes, ranked fourth, followed by Jordan in fifth place with a total of 147,865 tonnes of exported cucumbers.

Turkey, who rank sixth, fell below 1000,000 tonnes with a total of 80,992.

Canada ranked seventh with exports of 80,509 tonnes in 2011, followed by China with 69,519 tonnes. The United States ranked ninth with 47,809 tonnes and, closing the Top -10, is Belgium, with cucumber exports in 2011 amounting to 38,402 tonnes.

Spain also ranked first as it had an income of 399.73 million Euro for its cucumber export. It was followed by the Netherlands with 292.03 million, Mexico with 183.43 million, Iran with 98.71, Canada with 96.54, Jordan with 87.98, Turkey with 42.88, the United States with 42.82, Belgium with 25.22, and Greece with EUR 17.65 million in cucumber exports.

Spain had the best price per kilo of exported cucumbers in 2011, out of the five countries who exported more than 100,000 tonnes, surpassing the Netherlands, which usually obtains the highest prices for their vegetables.

Of these five countries, Spain earned 0.73 euro per kilo of cucumbers sold abroad, followed by the Netherlands (0.71 €/kg), Jordan (0.59 €/kg), Iran (0.55 € / kg) and Mexico (0.37 €/kg).

Source: hortoinfo

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