Tracking Veggie Trends
Although American farmers, responsible for four-fifths of the vegetables we eat, produced 5% more last year, American consumers aren’t eating more veggies. A recent US Department of Agriculture report says vegetable consumption was almost flat at about 1.6 cups per capita. The report did reveal a few encouraging shifts in consumption, however, with slight declines in the popularity of fresh white potatoes and processed potatoes, iceberg lettuce and sweet corn. Among the generally more nutritious veggies trending up are Romaine and other lettuces, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and artichokes.