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Banana Consumption by Country 2024

Bananas aren’t just wildly popular in Western countries like the United States or the United Kingdom. The fact that they’re sweet, nutritious, and very easy to eat makes them a favorite treat in many different countries around the world.

However, some countries are definitely larger, more consistent banana consumers than others. There are a variety of factors at play that may affect a given population’s access to and preference for bananas, as well.

Countries That Consume the Most Bananas

As of 2023, Uganda is the world’s leader when it comes to per capita banana consumption. On average, each Ugandan eats an average of 660 pounds of bananas each year. However, the country’s bananas are also used to create other food items, including a unique wine made from bananas.

Other countries that consume a consistently high number of bananas from year to year include the following.

New Zealand: New Zealanders consume approximately 40 pounds of bananas per person each year

India: In India, each person consumes an average of 44.1 pounds of bananas each year

United States: In the United States, bananas are easily one of the most popular, widely consumed fruits with each person consuming around 26.87 pounds annually

Papua New Guinea: This country also consumes quite a few bananas from year to year with 2020’s per capita consumption equally 247 pounds

Additional countries that consume many bananas each year include but are not limited to the Philippines, Rwanda, Cameroon, and multiple additional nations across Africa and South Asia.

Factors That Influence Banana Consumption

As with the consumption of many agricultural products and food items, a country’s per capita consumption of bananas depends on many different factors. Here are a few key examples to keep in mind.

Local Availability

In most countries, the most abundant, widely available food options also tend to be the most widely consumed. For that reason, the world’s highest, most consistent per capita banana consumers also tend to be the countries that produce more of the world's supply of bananas.

Cultural Tastes

Whether or not bananas factor into important local culinary dishes and familiar cultural traditions often affects the frequency of consumption. The more of a staple the humble banana is to a country’s cuisine, the more likely its people are to prefer it, even when other options are available.

Economic Factors

Economic standing almost always influences a country’s food choices. Higher-income populations tend to explore more exotic produce options beyond what’s widely available locally, while those with limited means may stick to bananas because of their affordability and overall abundance.

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Country
Banana Consumption 2020 (1000 tons)
Banana Consumption per Capita 2020 (kg)
Banana Consumption 2019 (1000 tons)
Banana Consumption per Capita 2019 (kg)
Banana Consumption 2018 (1000 tons)
Banana Consumption per Capita 2018 (kg)
Papua New Guinea1,088121.641,085123.651,183137.41
Samoa1678.591577.461576.56
Laos53072.8765791.58781110.58
Burundi86172.4579468.881,11399.63
Dominica568.86571.71569.58
Rwanda81262.6775960.151,284104.36
Peru1,92758.441,85757.131,79856.21
Vanuatu1652.331653.381655.42
Kiribati650.88651.54759.16
Dominican Republic55050.6645142.0360657.03
Comoros4349.154350.334351.6
Tanzania2,33839.132,32940.152,31741.15
Angola1,21036.811,18837.321,16437.79
Guatemala63535.4744925.51814.71
Cameroon92734.9491635.485733.99
Kenya1,70131.631,57229.891,29825.25
Philippines3,34130.492,90126.842,07419.45
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines330.35330.27328.54
Central African Republic13628.1913628.6913529.03
Brazil5,55826.155,72727.145,64626.95
Indonesia7,12126.036,36223.516,35023.72
Bahamas1026.011026.591026.21
Liberia12424.6112525.2812926.74
Netherlands34420.0829117.0423213.61
Portugal20420.0217817.4417216.77
Cuba22119.5323821.0122920.18
Malawi37219.4737119.9339421.73
Sao Tome and Principe419.35521.29525.64
Sudan84719.3183719.5683119.88
Malta818.68919.44819.26
Guyana1518.591518.61418.3
Antigua and Barbuda218.5217.87217.41
Mozambique57618.4257618.9653017.96
India24,99118.1124,19417.7124,53018.14
Montenegro1117.991117.591219.7
Haiti20417.9220918.5319917.85
Finland9917.869917.929817.7
Jamaica5317.85418.225619.17
Israel14917.1714016.4213115.65
Seychelles216.87216.92217.03
Croatia6816.476816.396014.32
Saint Lucia316.44420.88419.52
Micronesia216.25216.42
Venezuela45716.0638213.4153818.61
Canada58015.3756915.2156015.11
Greece16015.3316015.3216315.53
Bosnia and Herzegovina5015.264714.34714.26
Norway7814.447814.598015
Belgium16714.4122219.2117114.85
Estonia1914.211914.122015.42
Austria12614.0412213.610712.05
Mexico1,76013.651,62612.741,61512.8
United Kingdom92413.6195314.1195814.27
New Zealand6513.386313.266213.12
Argentina59913.2656712.6658013.08
Australia33513.1527911.0733713.52
Slovenia2713.052612.532813.71
Guinea17012.9317013.2817213.87
Lithuania3512.89217.673612.98
Latvia2412.552010.72010.45
Uruguay4312.424312.524312.59
Egypt1,26812.391,21912.151,17911.97
Madagascar34312.3834412.7735513.51
Chile23212.1123112.1920611.01
Denmark7012.036511.188414.52
Ireland5911.976112.545812.07
Italy70411.6465510.8169511.47
Germany97211.6197011.6296211.57
Zimbabwe17111.521248.4916111.17
Switzerland9911.429410.929410.98
United States3,76211.373,76611.453,87111.84
Taiwan27111.3725910.8827011.37
Serbia9611.01778.8768.58
El Salvador6910.696610.187010.87
France67710.376299.664396.56
Russia1,4519.951,4339.821,47710.14
Grenada19.87219.04325.59
Luxembourg69.7969.3659.01
Thailand6809.756379.145638.11
Suriname69.5969.65610.2
Mali1859.121919.7219410.18
Nepal2659.131410.982639.35
Turkey7649.065716.845586.78
Morocco3359.063419.363168.78
Cape Verde58.97610.97915.73
Macau68.8769.7735.46
Iceland38.8739.47310.34
Barbados38.78310.78311.62
Kuwait378.594811.4
Fiji88.564544.98
South Africa5008.435098.695469.44
DR Congo7518.397368.487328.71
Albania248.38248.26196.43
Romania1618.371568.081497.66
Cyprus108.3108.45108.05
Slovakia458.28488.86478.63
Oman428.275210.43153.03
Iraq2838.212346.952758.34
United Arab Emirates818.15848.55858.87
Malaysia2547.842688.42638.35
Belarus747.79707.37727.63
Bulgaria527.5446.28415.79
Bolivia877.48928.03887.78
Hong Kong567.47597.9618.21
Ukraine3267.442475.632515.67
China10,9217.4211,1777.6310,5287.21
Armenia227.29217.17227.61
Panama317.224911.465513.17
Gabon167.2167.36178.16
New Caledonia27.1826.7225.62
Sweden727.17686.77717.14
Ethiopia8207.134874.354554.17
Japan8867.018676.848326.54
Trinidad and Tobago106.9542.7632.45
Spain3246.923106.633116.67
Ivory Coast1736.57431.66
South Korea3346.523506.834067.93
Jordan666.45545.38515.17
Colombia3146.1682816.4470414.18
Mauritius86.0675.1875.43
Algeria2565.841864.32541.29
Bahrain105.7920.94
Georgia235.77225.59235.82
Honduras535.39606.12565.79
Azerbaijan545.36403.96373.74
Lebanon365.33527.5210114.71
Hungary515.26373.86353.64
Tunisia564.73433.64373.18
Bangladesh7494.557644.687424.6
Iran3263.882833.423874.74
Bhutan33.7834.55
Poland1403.71122.961122.96
Libya243.52152.1781.16
Moldova143.38123.01102.49
Paraguay243.35131.83253.6
Botswana83.357341.81
Maldives23.0824.0323.93
Senegal513.04291.78281.74
Kazakhstan542.89452.4321.77
Kyrgyzstan192.85213.26101.66
Syria442.51583.41392.3
Afghanistan972.51183.111433.85
Togo202.37202.42212.66
Yemen682.28652.22582.04
Burkina Faso472.23371.8110.05
Djibouti21.8722.2422.53
Cambodia311.86653.92996.1
Benin181.52181.54201.77
Saudi Arabia481.381243.621464.32
Qatar41.3741.59
Uzbekistan401.18431.3240.73
Tajikistan111.18111.2210.15
Mongolia41.1330.8330.89
Namibia20.8931.2331.21
Lesotho20.7731.2110.58
Nauru0.740.9
French Polynesia0.660.670.62
Solomon Islands0.420.430.44
Timor Leste0.30.3110.41
Zambia50.2950.2820.1
Eswatini0.210.6332.5
Pakistan360.1680.04590.28
Turkmenistan0.0510.21
North Korea10.0380.350.19
Ghana10.02
Mauritania0.0261.2291.96
Niger0.010.0130.15
South Sudan0.01
Costa Rica0.1
Gambia0.01
North Macedonia0.050.1
Saint Kitts and Nevis110.69.35
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Which country consumes the most bananas?

Uganda is the world's largest consumer of bananas. Each Ugandan consumes roughly 660 lbs of tree-borne fruit annually. It is also used to make banana wine.

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