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Bell Peppers

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Bell Pepper Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Value (bushel)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

19,600

20,300

20,300

21,400

20,400

1,210

937

789

1,107

882

52,987,000

19,021,000

16,018,000

23,734,000

17,988,000

$10.05

$9.76

$12.03

$9.28

$9.83

$230,925,000

$185,672,000

$192,731,000

$219,838,000

$176,761,000

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

1987-88

20,600

20,000

20,200

20,900

20,400

1,071

718

655

673

649

22,066,000

14,358,000

13,235,000

14,068,000

13,232,000

$9.45

$12.09

$8.41

$7.83

$7.03

$208,633,000

$173,625,000

$111,246,000

$110,181,000

$93,044,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

17,300

13,000

13,200

414

261

330

7,156,000

3,393,000

4,361,000

$7.13

$4.76

$3.08

$51,035,000

$16,151,000

$13,432,000




Leading Bell Pepper-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (bushel)

Production (bushel)

Estimated Value

Palm Beach

Hendry

Collier

Manatee

Martin

Hillsborough

Dade

4,510

3,100

2,750

2,550

1,350

1,150

300

1,268

1,351

1,351

990

1,268

990

1,268

5,718,000

4,188,000

3,715,000

2,524,000

1,712,000

1,138,000

380,000

$57,465,000

$42,088,000

$37,338,000

$25,371,000

$17,204,000

$11,442,000

$3,823,000

Bushel = 28 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Bell Pepper Facts
  • Peppers were first cultivated by pre-Incan tribes in tropical South and Central America more than 2,000 years ago. Peppers were introduced into Spain in 1493, to England in 1585, and brought to the United States in the 17th century.
  • Florida bell pepper production continues to rebound with a near record production and a record value of more than $230 million.
  • Nearly 25 percent of the states Bell peppers are grown in Palm Beach County.


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