On average, each American eats 20.6 pounds of tomatoes in a year! Consumption of tomatoes in the United States is second only to potatoes. By percentage, the largest amount of tomatoes consumed in the US diet is through tomato products such as pasta sauce and ketchup.
There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes that come in a range of colors including: pink, green, orange, yellow and purple! Fresh tomatoes are grown nationwide in the United States. Because of the long growing season needed for this heat-loving crop, California and Florida are the leading states for growing it.
The United States is one of the world's leaders in fresh tomato production. US production accounts for about 40% of the total consumer demand for fresh-market tomatoes, with the rest coming through imports from Mexico and Canada.