The United States leads the world in spice consumption, but also in spice imports. Nikada/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Nikada/Getty Images/iStockphoto The Salt Americans Love Spices. So Why Don't We Grow Them? December 26, 2017 Buying local fruit, vegetables and meat has become increasingly popular in the United States, but we still import most of our spices. Some say homegrown spices are a growth opportunity for farmers.