Saturday, February 16, 2013

Aldi - great source of fresh fruit and vegetables

One of the grocery items that eats up a lot a money is fresh produce. I know that before Aldi came to Durham, I would strictly buy what was on sale and look for produce that was reduced in price for quick sale. Even though, fruit and vegetables were still luxury items and the range of items that could be bought was rather limited. For fruit, it usually involved apples, maybe some oranges, but rarely bananas or pineapple. Berries, especially non-strawberry items such as blueberries or blackberries, practically never appeared on the list because the prices were so high.

Now comes Aldi and the last two weeks, strawberries were quite affordable. This week, strawberries are on sale for around $1 a pound and last week they were around $1.50 a container; this is roughly half the price of other stores in the area. Blueberries were also on sale this week and even though blackberries were not on sale, the price I saw for blackberries was only $1.29 per container. Similar sized containers for blackberries are usually around $4.00 in other stores. So no wonder that fruit is now frequently appearing on the menu in my house and is not limited to apples anymore.

Below is a quick dessert I mixed up that includes strawberries, blueberries and some raspberry yogurt (which only is 39 cents at Aldi).
copyright Durhamonthecheap - a quick dessert including fresh berries and fruit yogurt!
This dessert takes about 5 minutes to prepare and is low in calories, but high in vitamins. You can alternate different fruits and add some vanilla bean-infused sugar for extra flavor or add a few drops of fruit liqueur. But thanks to Aldi, fresh fruit can now be regularly included in meal planning!

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