I did a little bit of shopping today, and as the soft fruit season is upon us, have recently been enjoying the occasional punnet of strawberries if the price is right.
Hubby treated me for our anniversary night away, so there I was like Lady Muck draped over the bed in my fluffy towel and little else, my skin as red as the strawberry I was eating after that luxurious bubble bath. OK, I admit I had the
dimples cellulite too.
British strawberries are the best, especially if you can pick your own, though that’s one for the tub and two for me as I go. We grew them ourselves for a couple of years, but then we moved away and our cottage garden veg plot couldn’t come with us. It still smarts that we left our fantastic crop of onions and a laden apple tree.
I had already noticed in one supermarket that 200g of British strawberries were £1.29 compared to 400g of Spanish ones for the same price. OK, we stuck with British as they looked nicer, and went very well with my granola yoghurt for dessert yesterday.
I was going to have some more today but was in a different supermarket where BREXIT has already hit produce prices and quite honestly I needed to sit down in a hurry.
I paid 41 pence for a single jacket potato today (we usually get 4 for 76p, but surprisingly they don’t do those packs anymore), and £1 for 100g of carrots/cauliflower/broccoli to go with it for our dinner.
Seedless grapes were £2 for 200g, mangoes £2 for 100g, and 100g of raspberries would set me back £1.86. Fresh pineapple pieces were priced at £2, though I could get a large tin for 37p, and if I wanted a squishy bit of honeydew melon, that was reduced to 99p.
But it was the strawberries that made me wince.
Only British were available, and for £1.68 I could purchase 7.
Yes. Just SEVEN strawberries, equating to 24p each, which is almost five bob in old money. I’m so sad that I convert things back to pre decimal sterling when I’m in shock.
They weren’t particularly big, they certainly weren’t ripe, and most definitely did not look juicy.
I left them on the shelf along with the rows of other trays containing similar packets which no-one was buying.
I wonder why………………….. 😉