Which Country Eats the Most Onions?

Onion Consumption (Total) (kt), 2013
Food & Drink | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 146 countries in 2013, China ranked the highest in onion consumption with 19,163 kt followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Bahamas with 0.826 kt, Belize with 0.858 kt and Swaziland with 1.37 kt.

Total onion consumption reached 76,988 kt in 2013 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.78 % more than in the previous year and 32.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total onion consumption reached an all time high of 78,289 kt in 2011 and an all time low of 13,071 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.47 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 24.9 % of onion consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 47.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 63.0 % in 2013.

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

Onion 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 785 721 931 953 1,086
Bangladesh kt 942 1,497 1,428 1,315 1,252
Brazil kt 1,224 1,231 1,360 1,581 1,377
China kt 17,800 18,140 18,377 18,902 18,998
Egypt kt 1,136 1,652 1,681 1,577 1,578
India kt 12,194 11,218 9,878 13,021 15,491
Iran kt 1,614 1,537 1,360 1,601 1,875
Japan kt 1,415 1,380 1,293 1,312 1,374
Myanmar kt 867 932 962 1,033 1,077
Nigeria kt 1,238 1,365 1,301 1,342 1,230
Pakistan kt 1,890 1,969 1,920 1,645 1,760
Russia kt 1,901 2,101 1,895 2,082 2,522
South Korea kt 1,116 965 1,247 1,284 1,378
Turkey kt 1,317 1,426 1,351 1,428 1,649
USA kt 3,530 3,223 3,268 3,185 3,209