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post #1 of 25
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While shopping yesterday, I wanted to purchase avocados to use in guacomole tonight. They were priced at $1.49 each! Ouch! I decided to fore go guacomole until the prices drop. Then I happened over in the deli section of Scotts (division of Kroger) and found Garden Fresh Gourmet's gaucomole on sale for $1.69. It's all natural with no preservatives and contains the same ingredients I'd put in my own guacomole....Haas avocadoes (I can't always find these.), tomatoes, onion, cilantro, salt, and garlic. The only addition I would have made in my own is lime juice. It's really good!!

Here's the website addy for the company:

Garden Fresh Gourmet
post #2 of 25
Prices of avocados are up in Texas too. I work in a chinese/sushi bar restaurant and our sushi chef had to run to the store for some. He cringed at the prices. I love avocados, they make excellent bowls for a mexican style shrimp salad. That's the only vegetable my boyfriend will eat voluntarily. Too bad the prices are up.
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post #3 of 25
Better get used to those prices because the price of fresh fruit and vegetables is just going to keep increasing. We've been displacing agriculture in favor of subdivisions.

In 1985, only 2.2 percent of avocados consumed per capita were imported. By 2005, that figure was 48.9 percent. (USDA report #FTS-328-01, released September 2007)

As we depend more and more on imports, phytosanitary agreements and sophisticated transport methods, the more the base cost for delivery and the higher the price at the grocery store.
post #4 of 25
While everything you say is true, Free Rider, the fact remains that those same imported avocados that are now a buck and a half were selling for 50 cents just a month ago.

By the way, when a government agency establishes an import rule as a form of non-tarrif barrier, it is a lot of things. But "agreement" hardly applies. Phytosanitary certificate regulations are something USDA imposes, not something others countries have particularly agreed to.

But, yes you're right, they certainly add cost---very often unnecessary cost---to the imported product.
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post #5 of 25
The fires in California claimed quite a few avocado orchards, so I expect the price is only going to go up. :cry:
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post #6 of 25
I asked my grandfather about the costs of produce and the price fluctuations over the years. His response was to smile and point out the window to his backyard. There, fenced off, in the back corner of the yard was his vegetable garden. Just as it was for well over twenty years.

But, seriously, my parents live in central Florida and their local grocery (Publix) has oranges and other citrus fresh in from ... Brazil. Climate, pollution, population, government legislation - what doesn't touch our foods?
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post #7 of 25

An Alternative

Allie,

In the newish (and appropriately named) book Yum! Tasty Recipes From Culinary Greats, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger prsent their recipe for Spicy Banana Dip. In there lead they specifically say, "this dip is a wonderful alternative to guacomole when avocados are ridiculously expensive....."

I made the dip last week, and it's everything they say and more. You might want to see if you can find a copy of the book and try the recipe.
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post #8 of 25
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I'll have to try and find that! Bananas are cheap at 29 cents per pound! lol

You're right in your above post, just a month ago, I could get avocadoes for 79 cents each (I had per pound earlier and that was wrong.....must have been on the phone while typing that.)

Milk also jumped from $2.59 per gallon to 3.82 in one week. Now I'm watching the sales!
post #9 of 25
I've never bought avocados by the pound, Allie. So just put some on the scale. Three of them weigh just over a pound (1.6 ounces more). So you got an even better deal than the half buck I was paying.
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post #10 of 25
Supermarket pricing has become outrageous for avocados and many other products. If you live near any large market that caters to hispanic shoppers odds are you find better pricing and great produce. I have a Food4Less in my work shopping loop and the price of avocados is probably half the price of my local Ralphs or Vons.

When I'm working in the Valley, I try and locate a Vallarta Market, they have great fruit and awesome prices. Even ice and brand peanut butter is cheaper than other stores.

I have 3 Ralphs grocery stores near my house, the closest is about .25 miles and services a minority based neighborhood. The other two are about 1 mile and 2 miles away. All are the same chain, but you'll find a drastic price difference on the same products at each store. The one that is 2 miles away probably pays less per square foot on their lease, but it services a couple "rich, white" communities. No surprise products can cost more there.
post #11 of 25
wholesale calavo puree runs about $6 for 3#.
Trader Joe's has good guacamole.....they also have frozen avacado halves that make super guacamole.
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post #12 of 25
That's the same thing I heard Cheflayne. I haven't been to the markets to buy an avocado lately. I can only imagine the prices here in California.
post #13 of 25
I'll take a look tomorrow. Going to hit one of the local produce markets.

shel
post #14 of 25
I was looking to make some guaco this week...I wonder if they cost that much in the chicagoland area. That woudl really stink!:(
post #15 of 25
California guys our avacados come from your trees.....we don't raise those in the midwest.....so if your avacados are expensive then ours are (or will be) too.

Hmmmmm....maybe I should stock up on calavo before the price jumps.
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post #16 of 25
When I can find an avocado (Hass) for $1.49, I buy a lot 'cause here that is cheap!!!!! The one my local stores have are usually from Mexico, and they are very good. When the Mexican avocados first started coming into the U.S. about 10 years ago, they were all gnarly and ugly. Since then, though, I guess they learned that we like pretty produce, and now they are gorgeous.

What about those huge bright/light green Florida avocados? I am not a fan: too watery and flavorless. I'd sooner do without than use those.
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post #17 of 25
I've seen quite a few Chilean 'cados here. I won't touch 'em. The ones I've seen are inferior in size and color, and their appearance suggests some damaged fruit beneath the skin. Prices for these wannabe 'cados has been high - as much as organic ones @ Whole Foods.

Generally, I don't buy any imported produce, even from Mexico, but you're right, the quality of MexAcados has improved over the years.

The Florida 'cados are, IMO, terrible compared to the Hass. I stopped buying them years ago, and they are rarely seen (by me, anyway) in the markets I frequent. It may be that they just don't sell well here in sunny and smokey California.

shel
post #18 of 25
Not here. Haven't seen avocados for less than $1.49, organic or regular, for quite a while ... months maybe.

Local (California) avocados were selling for the same price as the Chilean fruit.

Shel
post #19 of 25

Hass Vs Bright Green

Do I misremember, or wasn't it a seasonal thing in the past. The Hass were available one time of year, and the big, bright green ones another? Then, with foreign imports, that distinction blurred.

Also, anyone besides me remember when 'cados were called "alligator pears?"
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post #20 of 25
You're correct about the seasonality. Yep to the alligator pears as well.

shel
post #21 of 25
Try a mexican food chain.Purchased some last week 69 cents.They were 1.69 at publics.They also have great prices on meat.
post #22 of 25
Isn't it strange how ethnic markets---which, as specialty shops, you would expect to have higher prices---tend to have both lower prices and higher quality foodstuffs?

The best produce in Lexington, KY, for instance, can be found in an independent Asian market. Top quality, farm-fresh stuff, at about half to 2/3rds what the supermarket charges for crap.
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post #23 of 25
Saw avocados this morning at 2 for a $1. A little on the past-it side, but there they were.
post #24 of 25
I'd forgo avocados but I'm addicted to them. I love them in sliced sandwiches and various dishes. They're about 1.39 here on average too (central Florida) and it's scary if an increase is coming. I'd love to grow vegetables but I'd have to use my parents yard ( live in an apartment myself), and I can never get squat to grow.
post #25 of 25
If you're ever out towards Pomona, try Winco Foods...it's like a sam's club for food and the prices are RIDICULOUSLY cheap. I work in LA and see all the markets, but I live in West Covina and only go to a regular grocery store when I really need something.
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