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US: Fruits, nuts, vegetables among the most expensive items in grocery stores

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend between $165 and $345 on groceries each month. The USDA publishes a food plan each month that suggests how much people should be spending on food. And it costs up to 7.5 percent more to eat organic.

Here are some of the priciest items at grocery stores:

Fresh Fruit
Prices for fruit can range between 91 cents up to $2.53 per cup, according to data from the USDA. Canned cherries top the list at with the average retail price at $2.53. Fresh raspberries come in a close second at $2.29 per cup, while blackberries cost $1.89. Mangos and apricots are priced around the same at $1.27 per cup, while figs, frozen peaches and fresh kiwi can range anywhere between $1.05 and $1.11 per cup. Dates are 91 cents per cup while dried figs can cost $1.06 on average.

Asparagus is among the most expensive vegetables, priced at $2.47 on the average per cup. Fresh artichokes come in a close second at $2.43, per USDA data. Spinach, fresh okra and corn are priced between $1.64 and as much as $2.20 on the average per cup. Canned olives, acorn squash and Brussels sprouts are also high on the list, costing anywhere between 95 cents and $1.10.

Walnuts can cost as much as $13.99 per pound, while other varieties like almonds can cost $9.99 per pound and pine nuts can cost upward of $30 per pound, industry statistics show. And nut butter, like almond butter, can cost even more for upward of $5.99 per jar at Trader Joe’s and up to $16.99 per jar for up to 16 ounces at some stores.


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