Analyses of wholesale prices for vegetables and fruits in Russia as of the end of May 2021 have identified several unusual price anomalies. The products which rose in price the most were table beet and Chinese cabbage. Both sold on average for seven times the usual price in Russia at the end of May 2021 year-on-year. The prices for potatoes, carrots, onions and white cabbage increased less dramatically. Cabbage, carrots and potatoes have risen in price by an average of 2.5 times, and onions by 40%. At the same time, there are vegetables and potatoes of a new harvest on the market, though mostly imported.
Early potatoes, which cost an average of one and a half times more than the old potatoes and are imported from Egypt and Central Asian countries. This year, the young potatoes can be bought on average 10% cheaper than a year earlier. Early onions approximately cost the same, but they are also one and a half times more expensive than old ones. The decline in prices for early vegetables is due to the huge overproduction in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which led to a collapse in prices there and a sharp increase in the exports of onions to Russia. However, early white cabbage costs on average 2.5 times more than a year earlier. Early carrots and beets are also expensive.