A friend of ours hears this statement a lot, and each time it puts her back up.
For me, it’s not necessarily a case of not being able to afford it, but more refusing to pay the prices asked for it.
But I do see her point.
Like everything else, we shop around.
There are bargains to be had (and rip offs too), but timing also plays a part, which is why I got 2 large punnets of strawberries the other day for a pound instead of £1.99 each.
Market stalls offer unsold produce for a song about half an hour before they start to pack up, and the grocer in the High Street puts a variety of fruit or veg in carrier bags and sells them off at two quid a go………….. ALL DAY.
You’ll probably hate me for this, but I have a question for you.
How much do you pay for a bag of crisps (potato chips)?
Over here, an individual bag of about 40g will set you back anything between 50 and eighty pence, with multipacks of 6 bags for around £2.50 to £3.
A small box of Pringles is £1 whereas the tall tubes are almost £2.
Yet an individual apple will cost 32p or thereabouts, or you can buy a bag of around 8 for £2 or less.
A 100g bar of chocolate can cost as little as 30p, but for a branded bar, you’re looking at over a pound. Go for a Twix, Double Decker, Crunchie or similar, and it’s upwards of 58p.
An individual kiwi fruit at the moment is 35p in the supermarket, but I bought a tray of 6 in the same supermarket for 58p.
A pack of 4 muffins are a pound. You can have the choice of blueberry, lemon, chocolate, double chocolate or triple chocolate, raspberry meringue flavour if you’re lucky.
Bananas are selling at 14p each, so four of those equate to 56p. I bought a bunch of five (no jokes please) yesterday for 53p.
(OK, I concede you can buy 5 doughnuts filled with jam, apple, custard or caramel for 50p)
Now I know kids can be faddy, and would much rather sink their teeth into crisps, cakes or chocolate instead of fruit, but ask yourself seriously:
Is it that you truly can’t afford to buy fruit, or that by habit, you simply don’t bother?
They don’t have to go without their sweet or savoury fixes, but who knows, maybe they’ll like fruit just as much, given the chance.
Just for interest, these were some familiar fruit prices in the supermarket today:
500g of seedless grapes (red or white) £1.19
400g of strawberries 99p
punnet 4 white flesh peaches 77p
punnet 4 nectarines 86p
Whole honeydew melons £1.35
Melon half portions £1.03
Grapefruit 45p each
Whole pineapples £1.50
I can only base my post on cost here in the UK. Fruit prices may well be gastronomic elsewhere and people are doing the best they can to feed their families.