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I spend SO much money on produce

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's kind of unfortunate. I love fresh produce, as does my husband, and we eat a ton of it. But whatever SP articles try to say about eating healthy not having to be expensive...produce can be very pricey! My bag of grapes was $16 today! $3.79/lb ain't cheap. I try to mostly buy produce when it's on sale, but I can't live without my grapes. Or mushrooms. Mushrooms are pricey, too. And bell peppers!

I really need to get a garden going here, once I clear out some of the jungle in the backyard. (Apparently the previous owners didn't care to make any real use of their land and just let it get overgrown with ivy and various viney creeper weeds.)

On the plus side of the produce situation, sometimes that expense comes from trying something fun and "exotic" to me. I still have yet to try the fresh quince and the rambutan I got the other day, but I was at a different store today to pick up some staples to fill in the holes in our pantry (milk, bread, spinach for salads, rice, dried chickpeas, that kind of thing), plus I also stopped by this Hispanic grocery/convenience store that I'd never been to before but had wanted to check out, so I came home with some interesting new things! Got some "pure cane" from the store - like a stick of sugar cane. Supposedly you just peel it and chew on the insides for a while till the sweetness is gone and spit the residue out. It sounded fun to me. :) The Hispanic store had this tamarind-flavored powdered drink mix for not too many calories and no sodium per serving, so I got a pouch of that since I really liked the fresh tamarind pulp I tried a few weeks ago. It makes a quite tasty drink! They also had some very odd frozen stuff, things I'd never heard of. Various frozen flowers, for instance. So I bought some frozen nightshade leaves, and some frozen cashew apples. No idea what one does with nightshade leaves, and never heard of a "cashew apple" - but both sounded intriguing, so they are now in my freezer!

I swear, other women hobby-shop for clothes and acquire massive shoe collections. I couldn't care less about clothes and shoes... I want to buy and try ALL the weird produce I can get my hands on! :)
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    I totally know what you mean. I wish it was not so expensive!
    1741 days ago
    Just spent $12 on blackberries, but passed on the $1.98 strawberries that had no smell. I always say, no smell, no taste.
    1741 days ago
    Nightshade, Black
    I have heard that the plant is poisonous, I don't know anything about it. It may be that the leaves are used for medicinal purposes and not eaten, but going on my memory that it is a poisonous plant, you may want to look up information about what you bought.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, "How to Hard Cook Eggs in the Oven."
    1741 days ago
    emoticon I like to try new things also! I have one "new" vegetable in my garden every year.
    Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not, but hey! live it up! emoticon
    1741 days ago
    I love how brave you are with trying new things. I look at them...wonder what on earth I would do with them...and keep on moving! I am contemplating signing up for a CSA bi-weekly box this summer...full well knowing it is going to push me to try new things. Luckily I have a great friend that does it as well and she has lots of recipes from her "new finds" last year that she said she would share :-)

    Fruits and veggies are expensive. I feel blessed that I can afford them. I wish that the government would consider giving CSA boxes or WIC style fresh fruit and veggie vouchers to the recipients of foodstamps. People who can't afford them, won't buy them. I get that. But we could do so much for people's health if it was easier to afford the "good stuff".
    1741 days ago
    For birthdays and presents you should ask for gift certificates to your favourite produce stores!!
    1741 days ago
    You are so right about the price of fruit!! Unbelievable! And I'm just like you, love the weird produce. Some of it is just beautiful. Thanks for the blog!
    1741 days ago
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