Nov 30, 2020Illinois, home of two processing plants, leads US pumpkin production
Pumpkins are in high demand in America during the fall and winter holidays, whether to be used as decoration or as a key ingredient in various desserts. Illinois leads the
Much of this is driven by the state’s dominance of the processing pumpkin market. About three fourths of the processing pumpkins acres in the country are grown and canned in Illinois, where two major canning facilities are located.
Almost 80% of Illinois’ pumpkin production is for processing pumpkins, with no other top state producing more than 5% of its share as processing pumpkins.
Further information on pumpkins can be found on the Economic Research Service Trending Topics page on Pumpkins: Background & Statistics.