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Cabbage

Florida Agricultural Facts, 1998 Edition



Cabbage Production and Value

Crop Year

Harvested Acres

Yield (crate)

Production (crate)

Value (crate)

Crop Value

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

1992-93

8,000

9,000

7,000

9,300

9,800

746

589

547

632

586

5,970,000

5,300,000

3,830,000

5,882,000

5,738,000

$7.16

$5.59

$4.50

$5.30

$7.37

$42,745,000

$29,634,000

$17,235,000

$31,196,000

$42,277,000

1991-92

1990-91

1988-89

1987-88

1986-87

12,300

11,950

15,500

15,600

13,300

467

478

418

421

427

5,745,000

5,716,000

6,480,000

6,560,000

5,677,000

$5.41

$5.03

$4.70

$4.51

$4.62

$31,100,000

$28,731,000

$30,433,000

$29,559,000

$26,202,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-60

15,800

16,700

17,900

481

350

350

7,600,000

5,846,000

6,264,000

$2.88

$2.73

$1.20

$21,866,000

$15,960,000

$7,516,000



Leading Cabbage-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Harvested Acres

Yield (crate)

Production (crate)

Estimated Value

Manatee

Flagler

Putnam/St. Johns

1,800

1,800

1,700

770

780

780

1,386,000

1,404,000

1,326,000

$10,783,000

$7,441,000

$7,028,000

Crate = 50 pounds
*Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Cabbage Facts
  • There is historical and botanical evidence that cabbage has been in cultivation for more than 4,000 years. Evidence points to the Eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor as the places of origin. The Celts of Central and Western Europe had much to do with the distribution and popularization of cabbage as a food plant. Cabbage was first introduced into the Americas in 1541-42 by Jacques Cartier, who planted it in Canada on his third voyage.
  • Florida cabbage yield, production and value increased for a record cash value of $42.7 million in 1996-97.
  • Manatee remains the leading cabbage-producing county in the state, by a slight margin, producing about 23 percent of the 1996-97 crop.


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