From March 9 to May 5, the average prices of the 10 most popular fruits in Poland have increased by over 17 percent, comparing to the same period last year. Apple prices have increased the most, by almost 94 percent. Pears have gone up by nearly 31 percent; oranges, by over 28 percent, and lemons and watermelons by over 20 percent. Slight increases have also been recorded by mandarins and grapes. Meanwhile, pineapples have gone up by at least 5%. Only bananas and grapefruit are slightly cheaper, with drops of between 1 and 2%.
While the top 10 fruits have gone up by 17.3 percent, vegetable prices have increased by 6.3 percent. Paulina Kopeć, of the "Unia Owocowa" Association, believes that these results are a consequence of increased demand for products to be kept in storage. Customers only purchased fresh products that they could store for longer. The demand for apples in the first weeks of the pandemic almost doubled.