Which Country Produces the Most Lemons and Limes?

Lemon and Lime Production (kt), 2018 or latest
Agriculture | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 93 countries in 2018, India ranked the highest in lemon and lime production with 3,148 kt followed by Mexico and China. On the other end of the scale was Kyrgyzstan with 0.001 kt, Bosnia and Herzegovina with 0.007 kt and Maldives with 0.040 kt.

Total lemon and lime production reached 19,392 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 9.89 % more than in the previous year and 13.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total lemon and lime production reached an all time high of 19,392 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 2,620 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.57 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 16.2 % of lemon and lime production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 42.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 80.3 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Lemon and Lime Production indicator page.

Lemon and Lime Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Argentina kt 1,456 1,486 954 1,562 1,678
Brazil kt 1,208 1,169 1,102 1,180 1,235
China kt 1,943 2,014 2,131 2,196 2,259
Egypt kt 304 302 304 353 348
India kt 2,272 2,524 2,835 2,950 2,438
Iran kt 406 428 481 438 452
Italy kt 346 327 370 388 435
Mexico kt 2,071 2,139 2,205 2,343 2,430
Peru kt 233 239 276 281 283
South Africa kt 241 257 328 353 324
Spain kt 684 715 1,091 886 956
Sri Lanka kt 6.14 6.19 6.64 6.88 259
Sudan kt 240 242 243 270 270
Turkey kt 710 726 725 751 851
USA kt 912 827 748 820 820