6/4/2012

What Food Comes From Italy

Italy, officially the Italian Republic or the Republic of Italy, is a unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe. To the north, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along the Alps. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia–the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea–and many other smaller islands.

The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. The territory of Italy covers some 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 60.6 million inhabitants, it is the fifth most populous country in Europe, and the 23rd most populous in the world.



Italy Commodity Production (Top 20)




Rank

Country

Metric Tons


1

Cow milk

10,500,000


2

Grapes

7,787,800


3

Wheat

6,900,000


4

Tomatoes

6,024,800


5

Sugar beet

3,550,100


6

Olives

3,170,700


7

Oranges

2,393,660


8

Apples

2,204,970


9

Rice, paddy

1,638,400


10

Pork

1,592,420


11

Peaches and nectarines

1,590,660


12

Vegetables fresh nes

1,586,300


13

Potatoes

1,558,030


14

Beef

887,700


15

Lettuce and chicory

843,344


16

Chicken

822,300


17

Hen eggs, in shell

736,800


18

Pears

736,646


19

Other melons (inc.cantaloupes)

666,383


20

Sheep milk, whole, fresh

600,100


Source:  FAOstat.org (2010)


 



**Source: FAO, Prepared By; Rob Cook