By Stuart Kavanagh
It used to be one of the least expensive veggies but the humble cabbage is on the way up with one supermarket pricing them at $14.99 each.
If you’ve been to the fruit and veg section of the supermarket recently, you’ll know plenty of prices are on the up, but one veggie seems to have had a crazy price hike – it’s enough to give you a sauerkraut taste in your mouth.
The humble cabbage has usurped lettuce as the veggie with the most exorbitant rise in its price in supermarkets around the country. A shopper in the western suburb of Sydney in Merrylands snapped a picture of a store in the local Stockland’s mall charging an unbe-leaf-able $14.99 per cabbage on Tuesday.
We haven’t escaped the price rise locally. Coles on Galena Street have them on sale for $6.20. Not quite $15, but still on the high side, and Woolworths Broken Hill is asking $8.90 for either standard or a Chinese cabbage.
The tremendous rise in the cost of fruit and veg can be attributed to several factors. The war in Ukraine has squeezed the fruit and veg industry; rising fuel and fertiliser costs are some of the main contributing factors
With prices set to remain around this level for the foreseeable future, coleslaw, sauerkraut, cabbage soup, and Ki-Si-Min might have to stay off the menu until prices settle.