Here is a photo of the two grocery bags of produce that we bought on Sunday.
From top left, watermelon, pineapple, cucumbers, mint, grapes, cilantro. Middle starting left, dragon fruit, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, strawberries. Bottom from left, green peppers, apples and oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, and little potatoes.
Our total cost for this haul was 872 rupees, or about $14. The most expensive thing were the apples at about $2.60 for four (162 rupees) because we picked the Washington apples. The dragon fruit was almost as expensive (by weight) at $1.20 (74 rupees). The strawberries cost just $1.20 for the package — not too bad.
The least expensive items really make me reconsider any thoughts of gardening here. That bundle of mint cost almost 7 cents and the two bundles of cilantro came to 20 cents. The five cucumbers cost nearly 30 cents.
It’s Tuesday night and we’re already out of bananas (that pile cost us 83 cents). The watermelon turned out to be overripe (what a waste of 90 cents). The dragon fruit and pineapple ($1) are also gone – devoured in our fruit salads.
It was the ability to fill our refrigerator with produce that helped convince us to choose to live and work in Chennai. I should have taken a picture of the $14 cut of “beef” that feeds the whole family. Maybe next time!