Buying fruit and vegetables in season will save you money

Consumer NZ spokeswoman Raksha Nand said when fruits and vegetables were out of season, the cost of importing them was factored into the price. “As the New Zealand lime season is from March to September, we expect these to be imported limes, where the cost of import must be factored into its sales price,” she said. So buying fresh produce in season, or buying frozen when they are out of season, is how you’ll get the best bang for your buck.

Tomatoes, capsicums and kiwifruit had the biggest price jumps per kg when they were out of season last year, Statistics NZ's food index showed. In February, tomatoes were $2.54 a kg, but in September it had reached more than $16 a kg. In the winter months, capsicums are imported and could cost up to $25.25 a kg, compared to $8.56 when in season.

Produce that had little price changes and available all year round include bananas, pears, pineapples, cabbage, potatoes, mushrooms, cauliflower, celery and mandarins.

Nutritionist Claire Turnbull said people needed to get used to shopping in season to save money, and buy quality produce. Not only does shopping in season save you money, but it gives you better quality produce.


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