Croatia consumes more vegetables per year than any other European country
April 9, 2022 – According to statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and compiled in a map by Landgeist, Croatia consumes more vegetables per capita in a year than any other country from Europe.
Every day you learn something new about Croatia, and usually it’s things you might never have imagined. When talking about rankings, it is well known that Croatia is always among the first when it comes to the most beautiful countries in the world, the safest to walk around at night, with the cleanest seas, among the best destinations for digital nomads, and many more. more.
However, did you ever imagine that Croatia would be among the best when it comes to its drinking habits? According to statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Croatia consumes more vegetables than any other European country. The Landgeist web portal has compiled statistics from all European countries and created a map where it is possible to compare the annual consumption of kilograms of vegetables per capita. According to these statistics, Croatia consumes 302 kg of vegetables per year per capita.
If you’re Croatian, it might not surprise you that your country ranks among the top vegetable consumers, especially if you look at your own plate during lunch, both at home and in restaurants. However, it is still a truly remarkable fact that Croatia consumes more vegetables than any other European country given that there is an agricultural tradition on the continent that dates back hundreds of years. If there is something worth highlighting, it is that Croatia’s main competitors for this recognition are precisely the countries of the Balkan region. In second place is Albania with an annual consumption of 298 kilos of vegetables per capita, and in third place is North Macedonia, with an annual consumption of 269 kilos of vegetables per inhabitant.
As Landgeist.com explains, the amount of vegetables one needs depends on age and gender. But on average, that’s about 240 grams per adult per day or 87.6 kg per year.
”We see that just over half of European countries meet this requirement. Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden do not meet the requirement, with the Netherlands consuming the lowest amount of vegetables of all Europe,” the web portal says.
But how exactly does the FAO define vegetables? It probably mostly corresponds to what you would consider a vegetable. However, there are some interesting exceptions. Potatoes are not considered vegetables. Mushrooms, melons and watermelons are. Yes, the FAO considers melons and watermelons as vegetables. Here is the explanation from the FAO: “This grouping differs from international trade classifications for vegetables in that it includes melons and watermelons, which are normally considered fruit crops. But, while fruit crops are virtually all permanent crops, melons and watermelons are similar to vegetables in that they are temporary crops.. If you want to see the full FAO list of vegetable classification, Click here.
In any case, congratulations to Croatia for continuing to stand out in the lists that reflect the healthy habits of its population!
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