An incredible 26,000 avocados were sold at a Christchurch vegetable shop this week. Why? Shoppers rushed to get the fruit at 29 cents apiece. Earlier this week, Marshland Vegeland claimed it was selling the cheapest avocados in the country. Co-owner Tony Kiesanowski said avocado lovers flocked into the store this week looking for a bargain.
“At 29 cents, people did seem to go a little bit mad on them to be honest, which is good because we did have a lot," he said. "We had about 26,000 that we wanted to sell at a special price, it attracts a few customers and keeps them turning over, it went really well."
Shoppers were keen to get their fill of the fatty fruit while they were cheap, he said. Avocados are notorious for their seasonal price fluctuations, reaching prices as high as $7.50 each in the past.
"If you like avocados, you buy them when you're cheap, don't you? We have customers saying they're eating heaps at the moment because they know the price will go up."