$3.43 seemed like a lot of money for 1 grapefruit. Sure they’re organic, from California, seasonal and apparently have a lovely magenta hue, but still $3.43 for 1 grapefruit seemed to stick in my craw. The non-organic ones were .99 cents a pound. Now before I start to sound like my grandfather: I remember when Grapefruits were 3 for a nickel! I have no problem with spending more for better produce. For the record I also think that Whole Foods in my experience of them in NYC are very well priced, particularly if you buy the house 365 Organic brand. For basics like flour, sugar, cereal, Peanut Butter etc they offer high quality organic products for tremendous value.
Sure they have high-end local cheese, oils, meats and specialty items, but if you buy luxury items anywhere you will spend a lot of money, portraying them as whole paycheck, is unfair.
Citrus has its big season here starting in early January and going through late March (ish). It the only time you can easily find Blood Oranges, the best tasting Grapefruits and a lot of other wonderfully delicious citrus.
It’s a conundrum: buying organic is more expensive, my rational is, the more people who support organic farming the more organic farming there will be and the cheaper the prices will become. Obviously in this case that hasn’t happened! I suppose if I was going to make a fancy dish with them like this Dtam Som Oh it might be worth it (I’d add shrimp or crab to this recipe). But to just have a snack during the day?
As someone who is very concerned where their food comes from and the way it was grown I was a little taken aback by my reaction. It’s not like I couldn’t afford them it was just I felt they were asking too much. But then I had to ask myself the question: what is too much? What is the real value of our food and what are we willing to pay for it?
I ended up buying the pesticide soaked commercially grown ones for 99 cents a pound.
What would you have done?