How much do fruit & vegetables cost in Israel?
Every year Israel exports more than $2 billion dollars of fruit and vegetables. Succulent Israeli watermelons, bright orange, juicy Jaffa oranges and top quality grapefruit were always a treat back in the "old country". If you do your fruit and vegetable shopping in the Israeli supermarket chains you will find some top quality produce but they are clearly more expensive. So, if you are on a tight budget and price does matter, we suggest shopping in the shuk. It will make a huge difference!
Ww have been following supermarket prices across a wide selection of household grocery items for the past 4 years. Our latest consumer research addressed the prices of fruit and vegetables - we compared the cost of produce bought from the shuk vs. the large supermarket chains.
Prices are accurate as at October 2014
Please note that when we are in a Jewish Shmita year, fruit and vegetables are more expensive. Shmita is a sabbatical year where the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, is forbidden by Jewish law (as commanded in the Torah)
|Item||Haifa Shuk||Mega/You||Shufersal|| Rami Levy |
|Midweek Price ||Friday Afternoon||Online price per kg |
|Button mushrooms||7.00|| not available ||7.90 punnet||9.00 punnet|| 8.90 punnet |
|Corn on the cob||6.00||3.50||7.90||7.90||5.70|
|Runner beans (green)||not available|| not available ||24.90||14.90||19.30|
|Sweet potatoes/yams||4.00||6.00 ||8.90||8.90||6.10|
|Sweet red bell peppers||7.00||4.00||8.90||7.90||3.50|
|Apples - Granny Smith||6.50||4.00||8.90||7.90||3.60|
|Bananas||6.80||5.80||9.90||9.90|| not listed |
|Grapes - red||10.90||8.00||7.90||8.90|| not listed |
|Grapes - green||8.90||7.80||12.90||12.90|| not listed |
|Pears|| 8.00 ||5.00||10.90||7.90||5.70|
|Total trolley ||127.00||94.40||180.90||170.50||97.60|
Organic Fruits & Vegetables
Note that the prices of organic fruits and vegetables are much higher. At the Shufersal for example, organic Granny Smith apples were selling for 23.90 shekels/kg while non-organic were 7.90 shekels/kg
Conclusions based on this trolley
- Friday afternoon shopping at the shuk is about 30 per-cent cheaper than weekday shopping at the shuk.
- Rami Levi's prices are comparable to the shuk but the selection is sometimes limited.
- Shopping for fruit and veg at the major supermarkets is 50 per cent more expensive than shopping at the shuk on a weekday and nearly 100 per cent more expensive than Friday afternoon shopping at the shuk.
- On this trolley, if you shop at the shuk on Friday afternoons instead of weekdays, you can save around 30 shekels per week which translates to nearly 1,500 shekels per year!
- On this trolley, if you shop at the shuk on Friday afternoons instead of at the supermarket, you can save around 100 shekels per week which translates to around 5,000 shekels per year.
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