The Ten most popular Homegrown Vegetables

The 10 most popular homegrown vegetables in the USA and Canada are listed below in the order of their popularity.

The tomato tops the list as the most popular vegetable but it is technically a fruit!

Both heirloom tomatoes and new varities of tomatoes are popular along with the cherry tomatoes, which are primarily used in salads.

  1. Tomatoes (once considered evil and poisonous by many people)
  2. Peppers (hot peppers con be used to aid in colds and cayenne pepper can help heal a deep cut)
  3. Cucumbers (the inside of a cucumber can be up to twenty degrees cooler than the outside temperature. This is where the saying cool as a cumber came from)
  4. Onions (used as a cold remedy and they are said to help cure many ailments)
  5. Beans (Snap beans grow in both green and yellow varieties. There is a purple wax bean that turns green when it is cooked)
  6. Lettuce (Americans consume about 30 lbs. of lettuce each, per year)
  7. Carrots (English women in the 1600’s often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers)
  8. Sweet Corn (Corn is the most widely grown crop in America but only 10% is used at the dinner table)
  9. Radishes (radishes were originally grown for their size and could be as large as 50 to 100 pounds each)
  10. Cabbage. (Babe Ruth uses a cabbage leaf under his ball cap to keep cool. He changed it every two innings)

Tomatoes are grown in over 85% of all gardens and Cabbage is grown in 30% of all gardens.

The potato is not on the list for being grown in US and Canadian gardens but is the most popular vegetable used in United States. Head lettuce is the second most popular followed by onions.

Garden lore and odd facts of vegetables add fun and create stories to tell while gardening.

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8 Comments

  1. The ten most popular home grown vegetables is so right. The majority of the vegetables you list are pretty much the ones I grow except for the cabbage.
    I like your site, it’s pleasing to the eyes.

  2. Hi Daniel,

    I usually grow cabbage but its a smaller crop and cabbage is a bit more of a challenge than most crops. Tomatoes are my favorite crop in the garden. Your site has interesting articles! Denise

  3. I heard the one about Babe Ruth before and as for the tomato that is true also until a man (i forget his name) in the 1600s ate an entire basket of tomatoes to prove they were safe.

    Regards,
    Mike the Gardener

  4. The tomato, being part of the nightshade family was considered poisonous or evil for many centuries.

    History on vegetables, flowers and plants can be fascinating

    Thanks for stopping by, Denise

  5. Yep, That is pretty accurate with me too. I have grown a small number of potatoes in my garden, but tomatoes are still number one!

    I also have an asparagus bed going , so we’ll see how that goes!

    Jon

  6. I haven’t grown asparagus yet. Let me know how your crop does. Denise

  7. Growing potatoes in my own garden was a nightmare – I did it just one season. Other vegetables are much easier to deal with

  8. I like growing potatoes in bushel baskets. Easier to control their growing habits and super easy to harvest. Denise

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