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BEVS Nov 17th 2016 7:47 pm

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by barnsleymat (Post 12107684)
I've been checking cucumber prices on our travels, here are my findings.

Australia (Aldi) AUS$1
Australia (Coles) AUS$2
Hong Kong (M&S) £1.50 - imported from Spain
Hong Kong (Supermarket) £2
UK (Asda) 42p

Dunedin whopping NZ$5.99 (£3.43) is going to take some beating.

:lol: Karma for making me laugh this non-shaky morning.
I loves you I does.

Cue the defenders of the NZ cucumber prices. :eek:

You do know they will be considered almost 'in season' as it's nearly summer now ( except for the weather which is pants ) so we should consider ourselves lucky they've gone down a couple of dollars .

Oh well. Soon the slightly squishy ones that aren't selling coz of the price will be 2 for a $5 :flypig:

SSky Nov 17th 2016 8:44 pm

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I've worked in one of those massive greenhouses that grow commercially in the past and they're heated for a big part of the year at least on the South Island. Every year everything is pulled out and replanted. The one I worked in was growing tomatoes and towards the end of a growing season the tomatoes get smaller and the vines get more and more disease ridden so the quality isn't really what they consider supermarket standard. There's about 8 weeks where the new plants are replanted and then constantly pruned and fixed with clips onto wires suspended from the ceiling and then picking begins again of the fruit but it doesn't matter how much you heat the glasshouses as sometimes there's just not enough sunlight to make the plants produce all year long and I imagine the same would go for cucumbers.
So what I'm saying is maybe that's why cucumbers are more expensive here and I wouldn't really want to buy a cucumber flown in from another country like they do in the UK as there's a massive carbon footprint.
Just one of the many useless pieces of information I have going around in my head.

Woodlea Nov 17th 2016 11:41 pm

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Originally Posted by barnsleymat (Post 12107684)
I've been checking cucumber prices on our travels, here are my findings.

Australia (Aldi) AUS$1
Australia (Coles) AUS$2
Hong Kong (M&S) £1.50 - imported from Spain
Hong Kong (Supermarket) £2
UK (Asda) 42p

Dunedin whopping NZ$5.99 (£3.43) is going to take some beating.

Reckon you're being ripped off in Oz bro - Raeward Marshlands today!

chocolate cake Nov 18th 2016 8:14 am

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by SSky (Post 12107847)
I've worked in one of those massive greenhouses that grow commercially in the past and they're heated for a big part of the year at least on the South Island. Every year everything is pulled out and replanted. The one I worked in was growing tomatoes and towards the end of a growing season the tomatoes get smaller and the vines get more and more disease ridden so the quality isn't really what they consider supermarket standard. There's about 8 weeks where the new plants are replanted and then constantly pruned and fixed with clips onto wires suspended from the ceiling and then picking begins again of the fruit but it doesn't matter how much you heat the glasshouses as sometimes there's just not enough sunlight to make the plants produce all year long and I imagine the same would go for cucumbers.
So what I'm saying is maybe that's why cucumbers are more expensive here and I wouldn't really want to buy a cucumber flown in from another country like they do in the UK as there's a massive carbon footprint.
Just one of the many useless pieces of information I have going around in my head.

I'd happily buy a freighted in cucumber it was half the price. There's a carbon footprint on SI cucumber grown in a big greenhouse too. I don't see a problem with year round sourcing, some things will never be grown in NZ or the UK like bananas no matter how much global warming there is.
Also Spain is as near to the UK and nearer, than most parts of Australia is to NZ.

barnsleymat Nov 18th 2016 3:17 pm

Re: Cucumber News
 
Breaking News.

Aldi cucumbers are 39p.

Vitalstatistix Nov 21st 2016 12:42 pm

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2 telegraph cucumbers for $2.49 in New World, Whangaparaoa. I only wanted one :unsure:

SSky Nov 22nd 2016 8:40 am

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:eek:

Originally Posted by barnsleymat (Post 12108437)
Breaking News.

Aldi cucumbers are 39p.

:eek:

Cryoslider Nov 22nd 2016 8:42 am

Re: Cucumber News
 
My Wife is in Auckland at the moment and we were comparing some prices and at the moment she saw 3 Avocados (large) for $4 where as tescos were doing 1 large for £1 so cheaper in NZ ....wow! god job I like Avocados :lol:

Bo-Jangles Nov 22nd 2016 9:15 am

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by Cryoslider (Post 12111283)
My Wife is in Auckland at the moment and we were comparing some prices and at the moment she saw 3 Avocados (large) for $4 where as tescos were doing 1 large for £1 so cheaper in NZ ....wow! god job I like Avocados :lol:

Like most things here you will find relatively cheap in season but heaven forbid if you find yourself wanting an avocado in middle of winter; you'll either be paying $5 each or trying to source some black market contraband. :rofl:

Sky high avocado prices drive black market | Stuff.co.nz

SSky Nov 22nd 2016 10:50 am

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles (Post 12111307)
Like most things here you will find relatively cheap in season but heaven forbid if you find yourself wanting an avocado in middle of winter; you'll either be paying $5 each or trying to source some black market contraband. :rofl:

Sky high avocado prices drive black market | Stuff.co.nz

Or for Xmas, strawberries and avocados skyrocket in price approx the week leading up to Xmas day.

bourbon-biscuit Nov 22nd 2016 10:13 pm

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I know I'm going to sound like a right old bore but I don't think we should see 39p cucumbers as a good thing, no more than $6 ones! I don't want food to be produced as cheaply as possible, just a fair price. I also think it's sensible that in a small geographically isolated country fresh produce is seasonally priced.

Having said that, I am loving the greater selection of fruit and vegetables (among other groceries) for lower cost here in Oz. It tickles me to buy "locally grown" pineapples, figs, mangos etc from the Farmer's Market. Can't afford the feijoas though :( :( :(

Kotare Nov 22nd 2016 10:21 pm

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by bourbon-biscuit (Post 12111942)
I know I'm going to sound like a right old bore but I don't think we should see 39p cucumbers as a good thing, no more than $6 ones! I don't want food to be produced as cheaply as possible, just a fair price. I also think it's sensible that in a small geographically isolated country fresh produce is seasonally priced.

Having said that, I am loving the greater selection of fruit and vegetables (among other groceries) for lower cost here in Oz. It tickles me to buy "locally grown" pineapples, figs, mangos etc from the Farmer's Market. Can't afford the feijoas though :( :( :(

Agree - but if you lived in Kerikeri you could add persimmons, kiwifruit, tamarillos, passionfruit..... and even cheap feijoas and avocados - unfortunately not pineapples though :-(

bourbon-biscuit Nov 22nd 2016 10:43 pm

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by Kotare (Post 12111946)
Agree - but if you lived in Kerikeri you could add persimmons, kiwifruit, tamarillos, passionfruit..... and even cheap feijoas and avocados - unfortunately not pineapples though :-(

Although it is stunningly beautiful and has a lovely cast-away feel, Northland has never appealed to me, other than as a tourist destination, because it rains more than I care for, floods more than I care for, has more tourists in summer than I care for, is more humid in summer, is too parochial, and to get anywhere else in NZ you have to go through Auckland.

I'd love the cheap feijoas though!

BEVS Nov 22nd 2016 10:56 pm

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by Cryoslider (Post 12111283)
My Wife is in Auckland at the moment and we were comparing some prices and at the moment she saw 3 Avocados (large) for $4 where as tescos were doing 1 large for £1 so cheaper in NZ ....wow! god job I like Avocados :lol:

Don't do that . It is misleading. For one thing the UK is going into winter and NZ is hopefully approaching summer. I have to say that $1.75 for an avocado at the end of a UK autumn is a rather good price.

They will be shortly virtually giving away avocados here as they don't keep ,
whereas a few weeks ago they were many $$ each and that drove an illicit black market.

SSky Nov 23rd 2016 7:33 am

Re: Cucumber News
 

Originally Posted by Kotare (Post 12111946)
Agree - but if you lived in Kerikeri you could add persimmons, kiwifruit, tamarillos, passionfruit..... and even cheap feijoas and avocados - unfortunately not pineapples though :-(

We have a passion fruit vine growing against the house .... I know! in the wops of Canterbury on very free draining land!
I don't know even when I bought it, it must have either been given to me or I bought it as a mystery plant from a market or something.
When it first produced fruit I didn't know what they were, I guessed they were kiwi fruit but after feeding most of them to the goats I realised once ripened they were passionfruit!
The thing fruits prolifically and the flowers are gorgeous :thumbsup:


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