Produce Shopping & Price Comparison in San Juan del Sur

Shopping Local: SJDS, Nicaragua
Some items like vehicles, electronics and imported food products cost more to purchase in Nicaragua than they do in Canada and the USA, while others cost much less.

It’s been awhile since I’ve grocery shopped in Canada, but if my memory serves me correctly, the last time I bought a pineapple there it alone cost me $4.99 CAD.

That being said $6.75 USD for 2 carrots, 1 head of broccoli, 1 pineapple, 3 tomatoes, 2.5 pounds of potatoes, 2 green peppers, 2 white onions, 1 avocado, 3 red onions and 6 bananas seems like a pretty sweet deal to me!

How much would it cost to purchase this beautiful bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables where you live?

A bit more? A lot more? Less???

Leave your reply in the comments section below…and don’t forget to indicate where you’re currently living!

Posted on April 25, 2016, in Food & Drink and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. A head of broccoli here (Toronto area) is $2.99 (on sale), a pineapple is $4.99 (on sale – and half the time part of it has gone bad), Bananas .59/lbs, tomatoes .99/lbs (on sale)… I could go on of course!

    Are berries available in SJDS? Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries? What about spinach and other leafy greens?

    • Hey Jennifer,

      Strawberries are available for purchase at Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. They are sweet and juicy and taste a bit like a wild strawberry. A small container sells for C$100, which is $3.57 USD.

      To my knowledge blueberries and raspberries and NOT available anywhere in Nicaragua. I’ve heard frozen blueberries are available at Pricesmart. They may have frozen raspberries as well, but I’m not sure.

      And yes, it’s also possible to purchase spinach, but it’s very earthy and I don’t care for it.

      Beautiful mixed organic greens are also sold at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. A large bag is C$100 ($3.57 USD). From that bag I can usually get about six large individual serving sized salads. The lettuce will last up to a week in the refrigerator as long as it’s kept an airtight plastic bag.

      At the market you can also get kale.

      There isn’t really a whole lot of produce we can’t get here. We can get eggplant, squash and zucchini. Apples are imported and cost about $1 USD each. I find they have a funny taste and therefore I rarely buy them.

      Green onions is one thing we don’t often see in San Juan, but are always available in Granada and Managua. Fresh mushrooms are also available at a premium price, but in Granada and Managua only.


  2. Sounds a lot like my farmers market shopping in CA and it would have cost about $14 .. I would have gotten fresh eggs which would make it an even $20 which was pretty normal weekly … and of course, I’d have to supplement from the grocery.

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