Rich soil and rainfall make Hawaii a very agricultural state. Greenhouse and nursery products are the leading agricultural commodities in the Aloha State. Other important Hawaii ag products include sugar cane, coffee, cattle and hogs. Pineapple is a vital crop, too, widely grown on the island of Maui, while dairy and egg farms are prevalent on Oahu. Tree nuts, such as macadamia nuts, are also important – Hawaii ranks sixth in the nation for tree nut sales.
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What’s Growing in Hawaii?
- Cattle and Calves – $59.8 million: A steer typically weighs about 1,000 pounds and yields about 450 pounds of edible meat.
- Sugarcane – $51.4 million: One stalk of sugarcane, a tall perennial true grass, contains 30 teaspoons of sugar and six teaspoons of molasses.
- Coffee – $49.2 million: A coffee tree, which grows berries called coffee cherries, produces about 10 pounds of coffee cherry each year.
- Macadamia Nuts – $45.6 million: Macadamia nuts are not picked from trees but instead harvested after they have fallen to the ground.
- Floriculture – $45 million: Floriculture is flower farming. More than 30 percent of U.S. consumers buy fresh flowers each year.
- Chicken Eggs – $15.6 million: U.S. poultry farms provide about 10 percent of the world’s egg supply, or 75 billion eggs each year.
- Bananas – $10.9 million: This fruit doesn’t always come in its familiar yellow color. In fact, bananas can grow in a variety of colors, even red.
- Papayas – $10.6 million: The papaya is thought to be native to southern Mexico and Central America.
- Dairy Products – $9.92 million: A dairy cow produces about 6.3 gallons of milk each day and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Mushrooms – $6.93 million: The most widely cultivated mushroom in the world is the button mushroom, which is sold both fresh and canned.