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From fruits and vegetables to seafood, beef or craft brews, Florida produces more than 300 agricultural commodities. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite tailgate commodities and cool facts:
More than 94% of all households consume strawberries. Each person consumes about 4.85 pounds of fresh and frozen strawberries annually. Florida grown strawberries are enjoyed in a variety of dishes both savory and sweet.
Citrus is iconic to the Sunshine State and has been for more than 200 years. Over 90 % of America’s orange juice is made from Florida-grown oranges. Grab a Florida juice for a healthy tailgate drink.
There are 185,000 acres of peanuts grown in Florida. 75% of Florida-grown peanuts are used for peanut butter (the balance is for snack nuts, candy, peanut oil and next year’s seed). Boiled peanuts make an excellent snack for your tailgate.
Florida avocados contain more protein than any other fruit. They pair well with Florida citrus, tomatoes, fresh herbs and beef for a tailgate dinner. In 2020, Florida produced 17,500 tons of avocados.
Florida produces almost all of the country’s fresh-market, field-grown tomatoes. A medium-sized whole Florida tomato contains about 25 calories and nearly half the recommended daily value of vitamin C. Florida tomatoes are good for kabobs or in flavorful Fresh from Florida salsa.
Florida is known for its fresh seafood that hails from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The leading species by value is shrimp, bringing in nearly $516 million for our state’s economy each year. Shrimp is a versatile protein that can be enjoyed grilled, blackened, fried or boiled.
You can’t have beer without hops! Florida growers rely on special techniques when it comes to growing hops in the Sunshine State. In 2019, Florida ranked fourth in the nation for craft beer production, with 329 breweries producing 42.6 million gallons of beer and generating an economic impact of more than $3 billion.