MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office
Number of Week 44 of October 27, 2020
WIESBADEN – orange and omnipresent – there is no getting around pumpkins around Halloween. A good 86,000 tonnes of pumpkins were harvested in Germany in 2019. As a result, the intensely colored fruits continue to experience a boom not only because of the customs of October 31st: As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the harvest has increased by 79% since 2009. In 2009 around 48,000 tons of pumpkins were harvested. The largest harvest during this period was in 2017, with around 92,000 tons.
Whether as carved decorative objects or processed into soups, cakes or casseroles – the pumpkin is increasingly finding its way into the home and kitchen, but also into the local fields. The pumpkins were grown in Germany last year on an area of 4,200 hectares. That corresponds to the size of around 6,000 soccer fields. The acreage has thus more than doubled in the past ten years. In 2009 it was around 1,700 hectares. As with the harvest, the largest acreage to date of 4,500 hectares was achieved in 2017.
Methodological note: When converting hectares into soccer fields, we assumed a soccer field with a size of 68 meters by 105 meters.
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