Which Country Eats the Most Dates?

Date Consumption (Total) (kt), 2013
Food & Drink | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 119 countries in 2013, Egypt ranked the highest in date consumption with 1,248 kt followed by Saudi Arabia and China. On the other end of the scale was Belize with 0.003 kt, Bahamas with 0.004 kt and Guyana with 0.008 kt.

Total date consumption reached 6,273 kt in 2013 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.08 % more than in the previous year and 19.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total date consumption reached an all time high of 6,291 kt in 2011 and an all time low of 1,387 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.94 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Egypt, accounted for 19.9 % of date consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 50.9 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.0 % in 2013.

Data for more countries are available at Date Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Date Consumption (Total) Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Algeria kt 503 528 570 624 682
China kt 667 403 892 1,197 724
Egypt kt 1,179 1,186 1,131 1,200 1,216
India kt 255 235 298 193 256
Iran kt 1,054 807 852 814 835
Iraq kt 160 140 180 210 220
Morocco kt 80.0 67.2 87.9 105 99.6
Oman kt 216 220 240 239 247
Pakistan kt 456 466 413 390 440
Saudi Arabia kt 925 922 936 912 966
Tunisia kt 32.8 49.7 56.1 59.3 61.1
Turkey kt 35.4 35.2 34.2 36.8 40.9
USA kt 18.2 21.5 30.9 31.2 44.0
United Arab Emirates kt 75.0 55.0 55.0 60.0 59.9
Yemen kt 73.1 78.3 78.5 80.6 83.8