With nearly 3.8 million tonnes of nuts consumed in 2013, China has become one of the world’s leading nut consuming countries.
When calculating nut consumption in 2013, the leading crops were walnuts (1.7 million tonnes), chestnuts (1.6 million tonnes) and pistachios (82.8 thousand tonnes), which together accounted for approximately 89.4% of Chinese consumption. These crops are the main types of nuts grown in China.
From 2007 to 2013, the highest growth rate was attributed to walnuts with shells (CAGR +18.4%), followed by almonds with shells (CAGR +9.0%). The remaining types of nuts also showed positive dynamics +5-7% per year.
In physical terms, walnuts with shells accounted for the highest share (47.0%) in 2013 of Chinese nut production, followed by chestnuts (45.6%), pistachios (2.0%) and almonds with shells (1.2%).
The crops with the largest quantity of area harvested in 2013 were walnuts (425.0 thousand hectares), chestnuts (305.0 thousand hectares), pistachios (25 thousand hectares) and almonds (14.5 thousand hectares), which together accounted for 95.8% of the area harvested in China. Between 2007 and 2013, the highest annual growth rates were registered for walnuts (+12.5%), pistachios (+6.1%) and chestnuts (+4.2%).