Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yes! We have no bananas

We have no bananas today ... or this week, even. Or limes, for that matter. What's up with that?

I've been to the store a couple of times to buy these two Costa Rican staples and was shocked to find them both out of stock. The banana shelf has apples on it and in the limes' place is some unknown-to-me yellowish fruit that doesn't look like it would be a good substitute for a lime.

Hey, CR without bananas and limes? It's like Florida without oranges, Washington without apples, Wisconsin without dairy. (Holy cow! Imagine that!)

I know there are zillions of bananas just miles away on the east coast, so why aren't they in my Auto Mercado? (For the record, I have a mild allergy to bananas and don't even eat them, but Dan and Lauren think they're terrific. Take a look at the picture and see how cheap they are here: 220 colones for a kilo of bananas. That's about 40 cents for 2.2 pounds of bananas. Or I can buy just one banana for 21 colones which is about 4 cents!)


Danielle said...

My Costa Rican in-laws freak out when they come here and go shopping for fruit (and see the prices). :)

Justine said...

Maybe they've hidden them from you! It's a banana conspiracy! I was in Walmart last night and thought I was losing my mind. I went into the Plus size dept and nothing was plus-sized! They've MOVED the damn dept without telling me!!!!!
Justine :o )

NurseChessie said...

isn't it freaky?? when you arrive and you think they maybe moved em, over here, over there.. what the..?? For us its lemons. we have been without lemons, or lemon juice for like 2months until last week I found a squeeze lemon juice (from italy now) and boy was I excited!! well I'll be praying for the return of bananas.
love ya

Shelli said...


aimee said...

How strange.

I shop for my bananas on Thursday here. Walmart price matches another store so they are 18¢ per pound. I think that price is pretty comparable to yours!

Jill said...

WOW! They are up to 70 cents a pound here which is really expensive for them!