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Poland the Largest Producer of Pumpkins in the EU

The increase in the cultivation area of pumpkins in Poland from 1.1 thousand hectares to 8.9 thousand hectares between 2014 and 2022, as reported by Eurostat data, represents a substantial growth in pumpkin farming. The domestic harvest of pumpkins soared from 48,000 tonnes in 2014 to approximately 400,000 tonnes in 2022. This increase indicates an eightfold rise in pumpkin production over the stated period, according to a press release.

From 2029, there has been a consistent increase in pumpkin production within the Union market. By 2022, pumpkin harvest in the EU surpassed 1 million tonnes, marking a 3% year-on-year growth. Poland’s contribution to the total EU pumpkin harvest stood at approximately 40% in 2022.

In addition to Poland, the significant EU producers of pumpkins were:

  • France (207,000 tonnes- 20% of the share in the EU production)
  • Spain (128,000 tonnes – 9%) and
  • Portugal (81,000 tonnes – 8%).

The share of the first five producers in 2022 accounted for nearly 90% of the total EU production.