Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Veggie Queen Asks: Two Dollar Avocados: Yes or No Way?

There was just a report in the LA Times about a shortfall of avocados this spring due to a heat wave last June. It's supposed to be the smallest crop since 1990, and possibly even 1980. So, the big question, is would you pay $2 for an avocado?

One farmer said that due to the economy, people might balk at that. I am very curious about this. So, what do you say? Yes to $2 avocados? Or no way?

I will buy them but not often at that price. I wonder what will happen to people who eat raw which often includes lots of avocados. Perhaps, they all have loot these days and the price of an avocado doesn't matter.

What do you think?

9 comments:

She who cooks... said...

Paying 2$ per avocado is tough, especially when you can get 4 avocado for that same price at Trader Joe's.....

The Veggie Queen said...

That will likely change, too, when the shortfall hits, although it won't likely go up too far. I've seen them for as much as $3.99 for 4 at TJs. It's truly dependent upon cost -- or at least that's what I tell myself.

Maia said...

Here in Oregon, I typically pay between $2.50 and $2.99 for a very large organic avocado. Trader Joe's sells small ones 4/$5. I definitely would not pay more these prices.
I've cut back significantly on avocados (my favorite) because of the price. Such a bummer.

The Veggie Queen said...

Right now they are on sale at two stores here in CA for $1 each. I buy mostly organic but in the scheme of things avocado is actually not bad if conventional. The spring will bring the higher prices. Enjoy them when you can get them -- savor every delicious, buttery bite.

Darya Pino said...

There are some days I would pay anything for an avocado. For me a whole one lasts at least 2 meals, so $2 is only mildy offensive.

Thanks for the warning, now I can brace myself for it!

The Veggie Queen said...

I don't know about paying anything but they are mighty delicious. People do or have paid $3 and $4 for coffee drinks, and an avocado is much better tasting and better for you. But it's good to know what might happen. I'm not giving them up then. I'll just buy less.

Darya Pino said...

I saw this article today and it reminded me of your post here. So avocados might not get more expensive, but we should probably step back and at least consider the impact these cheap avocados will have on our environment.

The Veggie Queen said...

Thank you for the info on the Peruvian avocados and their carbon footprint. I stand by what I always say, "Buy local, even if that's from the US versus other countries, when you can." Better for you and the planet.

Fran Costigan said...

Yesterday I bought a bag of 4 very small avocados at WF in NYC. Noted the size and thought TJ's.I really enjoy avocados but they will likely be less often part of my meals. I won't buy the ones coming from other countries. For you CA people, luckier, albeit S$S$$
Maple syrup, avocado, what's next?