John and I have just under 3 months left in DF before moving back to the other distrito (DC, that is). As our time south of the border wanes, one thing you can expect over the coming weeks is some posts whining w/r/t what we will miss about Mexico.
Whiny Topic #1: Mexico’s beautiful, luscious, tasty, bargain-priced fruit and veg
If you’re in the habit of reading Mexico blogs, you’ve probably already seen 8,000 photos of the brightly colored stands overflowing with produce at the zillions of markets in this country. Of course we will miss the amazing selection of seemingly every citrus fruit under the sun (except lemons, that is). But to be specific, we will miss how their cheap prices allow us to buy as many gorgeous vegetables & fruit as strike your fancy with almost no regard for cost.
I remember when shopping back in the US, I would always be careful to note *exactly* how many limes I needed for a recipe, lest I recklessly waste money on an excess of the “2 limes for $1 USD”. Avocados on our grocery list always provoked a debate of whether we could get by with just the required number, or if we needed to spend an extra $2 USD on a backup avocado– in the event that one turned out to be hiding yucky brown flesh under its rough shell.
In Mexico, I buy a bag-full of limes every time I hit the grocery store or a market, because we’ve now adopted the standard practice of “lime goes on everything”. If anything, I am more likely to be reprimanded for not buying enough limes since, as John likes to say, limes are basically free here.
We make smoothies constantly with bananas & gorgeous ripe mangoes or bananas and plump strawberries. And we make a big batch of guacamole on nearly a weekly basis.
Just to drive the point home, I decided to add up what I spent on produce today during my trip to Chedraui (one of the big grocery stores here). Take a look at the pic below:
Depending on the exchange rate, all of those cost about $16.60 USD. To be sure, that is still plenty of money for many people here in Mexico. But given that I think I would have spent about half that much on the 2 avocados and 7 limes alone in the US, I feel pretty happy about that. Now if I could just break my cheese/bread/bacon dependency & focus on eating all of that before it rots… Wish me luck!