About one third of food grown in Washington is exported around the world. Because of rich soils and ideal climates, Washington is the third largest exporter of food and agricultural products in the US.

Washington State is equal distance from Europe and Asia, connected by 75 public ports, 139 airports and 3666 miles of railways. The area is well situated to deliver Washington grown crops, food and beverage products quickly to destinations around the world. Scroll down to learn about just a few, (apples, wheat, potatoes, processed vegetables and mint) of the Washington grown foods eaten throughout the world!

The world knows Washington as the "Apple State" for good reason!

This video explains how apples are tracked for export from the orchard to the shipper.

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Courtesy of Washington Apple Commission

Apples hit the road in India

The Washington Apple Commission has been reaching out to consumers all across India with the Apple Roadshow. Vehicles with extensive Washington Apple branding, equipped with sound and fresh apples for sampling, were strategically parked close to neighborhoods, schools and local fruit vendors. Emcees and promoters wearing Washington Apple caps and t-shirts played interactive games with participants passing by. Wholesale markets were informed well ahead about the dates and locations of events to have plenty of Washington apples for sale to new customers. 

Photo courtesy Washington Apple Commission

Click here for authentic Indian recipes using Washington apples.

Washington farmers take their responsibilities seriously, and are proud to offer the most dependable and safest grain to their neighbors around the world. Between 85 to 90 percent of Washington’s wheat is exported. Asian cooks depend on Washington-grown soft winter wheat for noodle dishes. But an increasing amount of the state’s production is also going into Latin America where Washington wheat makes great pastry flour.

Ramen shops throughout Asia depend on Washington grown wheat for noodles.

Instant noodle aisle in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Click here to learn how to make Oriental sesame noodles made from Washington soft winter wheat.

Empanadas in Chile. Click here for a recipe.

Conchas (sweet bread) in Mexico. Click for recipe.

According to Chris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission, most potatoes exported to the Pacific rim come from Washington. South Korea is now among the top global destinations for Washington potatoes, after Japan and China. The U.S. Potato Board reported that exports to Korea grew by 87,000 metric tons – or 13 percent – from 2013 to 2014 alone. Asian consumers experiment with intriguing tastes and flavors that contrast with typical western potato products.

Honey butter potato chips are a favorite in South Korea.

Washington leads the nation in frozen french fry production. Exports to Japan alone make up about 65% of production.

Crops are produced in every region of Washington and food processors can be found throughout the state. Eastern Washington processors often specialize in frozen carrots, corn, peas and potato products mentioned above.  Western Washington processors also receive, process and ship vegetables along with delicious berries selected at the peak of harvest.

Canada is a major importer of food grown and processed in Washington.

Don't forget to brush after every meal!


Mint oil from Washington is exported to every continent except Antarctica. Mint is by far the most popular flavor for oral hygiene products. If you are brushing or rinsing anywhere in the world, chances are good you are tasting the fresh flavor of Washington grown mint oil!