A Woolworths customer has shared a picture of the ‘great wall of broccoli’ at their local store, claiming staff in the fruit and vegetable had ‘finally lost it’ following nation wide supply issues.
A Reddit user posted the picture showing individual heads of broccoli on display in a wall meant for keeping lettuce fresh.
‘It’s like they had to figure out what to do with the wall when they couldn’t get any lettuce, so shoved broccoli in there,’ one person laughed.
A Woolworths customers has shared a picture of the ‘great wall of broccoli’ at their local store, claiming staff in the fruit and vegetable had ‘finally lost it’ following nation wide supply issues
Others likened the wall to a ‘whack-a-mole game’.
‘It’s whack-a-broc, you gotta hit the broccoli and then it’ll retreat into its little hole,’ one person laughed.
Others suggested winners of the ‘whack-a broc game’ could win a lettuce if they managed to hit their targets while some reflected on the hefty price tag.
‘If you are charging $7.90 per kilo for broccoli then you need to make sure it looks fancy,’ one person said.
One Woolworths worker revealed the display is typically used for the Oak Leaf variety – but can’t be left empty if supplies dry up.
‘For fear of the store looking empty, (and a lack of a supervisor) your fresh food people have substituted lettuce for broccoli! We seriously need a pay rise. Seriously,’ they said.
Some suggested the display could make it harder for customers to snap the stalks off in a bid to lower their costs.
Some supermarkets have started to check people’s vegetable purchases at the checkouts to make sure they haven’t snapped off the stem to save money.
Aussie shoppers are coming up with more ways to save on their grocery bill amidst rising living costs with some breaking the stems off broccoli as the price skyrockets to $11.90 a kilo
One supermarket made headlines for placing a sign on their produce aisle asking their customers to refrain from the cost cutting measure after a ‘how to’ video went viral on TikTok.
The sign, which has been shared to Twitter by radio show 3AW Breakfast, reads: ‘ATT (attention) customers. You must not break the stems of the broccoli.
‘This is classed as theft. All broccoli purchases will be checked at the registers. Thanks, Management.’
A sign placed in front of a broccoli stand asks grocery shoppers to refrain from breaking apart the green vegetable despite rising supermarket costs sweeping the country
It comes after a Coles customer in Melbourne showed the the supermarket shelf strewn with leftover broccoli stalks in a TikTok clip that has since gone viral.
Aussie shoppers are coming up with more ways to reduce the cost of their grocery bill with one viewer suggesting snapping the stalks of a broccoli makes them much lighter and can save up to $1.50.
Budget vegetable swaps
❌Instead of broccoli for $12 a kilo
✅Buy cauliflower at $4-$5 each
❌Instead of fresh tomatoes for $10-$14 a kilo
✅Buy canned tomatoes for $1-$2 a tin
❌Instead of lettuce for $6-$12 a head
✅Buy kale for $4-$5 a bunch or $1-$2 frozen
❌Instead of zucchini for $10-$12 a kilo
✅Buy carrots for $1-$2 a kilo
❌Instead of red capsicum for $10-$12 a kilo
✅Buy tinned beetroot for $3 a kilo
Source: Susie Burrell
In the clip, the Melbourne woman suggested people not waste their broccoli stalks but instead chop them up and add them to meals the same way you would the florets.
‘Yes true…but I always break mine off as it weighs less and cost less,’ one commenter wrote to which the clip’s poster replied: ‘The cost of food is so expensive these days…do what works for you!’
‘I have weighed with and without, and it saves about $1.50 as the stalk is heavy, every bit helps these days,’ a second said.
‘No disrespect but for that price I would do the same,’ a third replied.
Flooding and bad weather in areas where much of Australia’s fresh produce is grown, has seen the cost of fruit and vegetables sky rocket recently with some stores charging up to $12 for a head of iceberg lettuce.
AUSVEG, the lobby group for growers, said the floods, combined with high petrol and fertiliser prices meant consumers would continue paying more for fresh food for much of 2022 as other farming regions struggled to keep up with demand.
A top nutritionist has shared how you can save money on your grocery bill by swapping out their favourite vegetables for others that are lower in cost and higher in nutrients.
Dietitian Susie Burrell, who has two honours degrees in nutrition and dietetics and psychology, instead of broccoli for $10 per kilo, cauliflower is a much cheaper and healthy substitution while tinned tomatoes can be more flavoursome and affordable than fresh varieties.
Cauliflower’s go for $4-$5 each at most major supermarkets and have many of the same nutritional benefits as broccoli.
‘Broccoli is a superfood, rich in anti cancer molecules, Vitamin C and fibre but so is cauliflower at half the price,’ Susie told FEMAIL.