New Zealanders have a new favourite.
The unassuming tuber that is the potato is taking a turn in
the spotlight - pushing aside tomatoes to win the title of
New Zealand's No 1 vegetable.(Yes, we all know tomatoes are a
fruit but you try putting them in fruit salad.)
Statistics New Zealand's latest Household Economic Survey
show we bought more than $119 million worth of potatoes in
the year to June 2013 but only $118.6 worth of tomatoes.
Tomatoes have reigned supreme at the top of the favourite
vegetables list for at least 10 years.
Still, there is good news for growers of both staples -
spending on potatoes and tomatoes has gone up by more than
$10 million since the last survey in 2010.
Bananas have maintained their position as No 1 selling fruit
in New Zealand. Apples are the next most popular.
Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock said
while it was pleasing New Zealanders are spending more on
fruit and vegetables, they were also spending more on
imported fruit, including through this country's main
HortNZ has been calling for the introduction of mandatory
country of origin labelling for all food sold in this
''Kiwis deserve the right to choose to buy local if they want
to and they need better labelling to be able to do this,'' Mr
Other notable movers were: Spinach shot up four places from
16th in 2010 to 12th in 2013.
Kumara beat carrots to take fifth spot, up from eighth in
2010 Celery lost its place in the top 20, at 20, and was
replaced by newcomer, corn.
Imported fruit, such as bananas, grapes and pineapple, went
up at the expense of local produce, such as oranges, pears
and watermelons, which all dropped places.
13: Fresh vege combos
18: Fresh herbs
20: Sweet corn