The U.S. is one of the world’s biggest producers of cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and other major crops. But did you know we’re also renowned for dozens of other products millions of people use and enjoy every day? They’re called specialty crops, and the USDA defines them to include many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, tree nuts, even flowers and nursery plants.

Meet farmers growing more than 40 different kinds of specialty crops, from artichokes to olives, tomatoes to endive, and pistachios, dates, almonds, protea flowers, and saffron. Then try making delicious new recipes by Sharon Profis, host of Farm to Fork, featuring dozens of specialty crop ingredients.

California leads the nation in the production of specialty crops – more than 400 are grown in the Golden State, including two-thirds of America’s fruit and nut products. There are 19 crops that are grown only in California* and nowhere else in the U.S., including almonds, walnuts, pistachios, raisins, prunes, olives, kiwi, figs, and table grapes.

* “Only” in California means 99% or more according to the CDFA.

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