Cucumbers, capsicums and broccoli are the new lettuce as MORE supermarket vegetable prices go through the roof – and as for organic…
- Capsicums, cucumbers and broccoli are the new gold in the aisles in Australia
- One retailer was selling capsicum and broccoli for $17/kg, cucumbers for $15/kg
- High fuel costs for transport, floods and heavy rains to blame for price hikes
Staple veggie costs are putting the price of lettuce to shame, with family favourites like cucumbers soaring to new heights at $15/kg and broccoli $17/kg.
Woolworths are selling cucumbers and capsicums individually online to disguise the price hike, while Harris Farm are charging up to $40/kg for organic red peppers.
But even traditionally farmed broccoli, a favourite packed with fibre, iron and protein, is also climbing high, selling on the Harris Farm Markets website for $17/kilo
Green capsicums were spotted soaring to new heights at Harris Farm for a whopping $17/kg, with red ones lagging behind at 14.70/kg
Cucumbers are on the market for $15/kg at Harris Farm (pictured in Albury), with organic cucumbers up for grabs for a massive $30.72/kg
The broccoli superfood is selling at a lower price on Coles Online for $11.90/kg
But the superfood is selling at a lower price on Coles Online for $11.90/kg, with green capsicums on special for $5.90/kg, red capsicums at $10.90 and cucumbers for $12.90/kg.
Green capsicums were spotted soaring to new heights at Harris Farm Markets for a whopping $17/kg, with red ones lagging behind at 14.70/kg.
Cucumbers, which aid in gut health, are on the market for $15/kg at Harris Farm Markets, with organic cucumbers up for grabs for a massive $30.72/kg.
Woolworths are marketing broccoli pieces for almost $4 each, Lebanese cucumbers for $2.32 per unit plus green and red capsicum for $2.50 and $3.63 each respectively.
The new gold in the veggie aisles came after shoppers faced lettuce price hikes of up to $12 per unit for the sandwich filler.
Some punters are now going to extreme lengths to save money on veggies by snapping off broccoli stalks.
Red peppers were going for almost $40/kg on the Harris Farm Markets website (pictured) as the veggie packed with Vitamin C becomes more out of reach for Aussies
Cucumbers, which aid in gut health, are on the market for $15/kg at Harris Farm Markets, with organic cucumbers up for grabs for a massive $30.72/kg
Aussie shoppers are coming up with cheeky ways to save on their grocery bill amidst rising living costs with some breaking the stems off broccoli as the price skyrockets
A Coles customer in Melbourne showed the supermarket shelf strewn with leftover broccoli stalks in a social media post that went viral.
One social media commenter suggested snapping the stalks off makes them much lighter and can save up to $1.50.
Another said buyers should not waste their broccoli stalks but instead chop them up and add them to meals the same way you would the florets.
KFC workers adding cabbage to burgers infuriated customers as the fast-food giant cut corners because of the high price of lettuce.
It told customers it is using a cabbage-lettuce blend last week due to the high price of lettuces following floods in NSW and Queensland.
Meanwhile, supermarket giants and wholesale food retailers have put the current prices and shortages of leafy greens down to a number of factors.
The heavy rains in Queensland and New South Wales early in the year are responsible for spoiling Australia’s domestic lettuce growing and harvesting, reducing the local supply of products.
Trade and export flows also affect the domestic supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Cabbages and lettuces are both highly perishable vegetables and cannot be stored for very long even in ideal storage conditions.
Fuel costs have increased across the globe off the back of war in Ukraine and political instability, heavily affecting transport costs within food supply chains in Australia.
Woolies are selling their veggies individually to disguise the high costs (pictured)
Regular broccoli is also climbing high, selling on the Harris Farm Markets website for $17/kilo (pictured, right)
Trade and export flows are also affecting the domestic supply of fresh fruits and vegetables