The World Crops Database groups agricultural plants in many different categories. An individual plant species may belong to several of these categories. Click on one of the links below to read more about the category and to see which crops are classified in that category.
Main food crops
Other edible crops
Non food categories
Note that some of the categories used here are very distinct, while for others it is not always clear if a plant should be included or not. For example, cereals are a very distinct group, and it is easy to decide whether a plant is a cereal. But it is much more difficult to decide whether a plant belongs in the ‘medicinal’ or in the ‘subtropical’ category. Many plants belong to several categories, and several categories overlap with each other.
If you have any comments on the way categories are used, or if you want to suggest other categories, please send a message.