Top Vegetables By Spend

Ranking of vegetables based on household expenditure

The top five vegetables, based on how much households spend on them, have remained almost the same for the past 20 years - tomatoes, potatoes, mushrooms, lettuce and carrots.

However, in 2013 there were several notable changes from the 2010 positions: spinach moved four places to 11th from 16th; kumara moved three places to 5th from 8th; carrots moved down one place to 6th; celery lost its place in the Top 20; and sweet corn gained a place (20th) for the first time.

In 2013, tomatoes lost their top ranking to potatoes for the first time since 1995. Lettuce and mushrooms again reversed places, something that happened in 2007 and 2010.


Top 20 vegetables based on Household Expenditure


Green
= expenditure increased      Red = expenditure decreased     Black = expenditure remained the same

 

Rank

1995

2004

2007

2010

2013

1

Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Potatoes

2

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes

Tomatoes

3

Carrots

Mushrooms

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Lettuce

4

Lettuce

Carrots

Mushrooms

Lettuce

Mushrooms

5

Onions

Broccoli

Carrots

Carrots

Kumara

6

Mushrooms

Lettuce

Capsicums

Onions

Carrots

7

Broccoli

Kumara

Broccoli

Capsicums

Capsicums

8

Cauliflower

Onions

Kumara

Kumara

Onions

9

Cabbage

Capsicums

Onions

Broccoli

Broccoli

10

Kumara

Cucumbers

Fresh veg combos

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

11

Pumpkins

Cauliflower

Cucumbers

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

12

Cucumbers

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Cabbage

Spinach

13

Capsicums

Cabbage

Cauliflower

Fresh veg combos

Fresh veg combos

14

Courgettes

Courgettes

Cabbage

Courgettes

Cabbage

15

Celery

Beans

Asparagus

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

16

Vegetable sprouts

Asparagus

Courgettes

Spinach

Beans

17

Asparagus

Spring onions

Beans

Beans

Courgettes

18

Beans

Celery

Celery

Fresh herbs

Fresh herbs

19

Taro

Parsnips

Spinach

Asparagus

Asparagus

20

Spring onions

Taro

Fresh herbs

Celery

Sweet corn