Thursday, February 22, 2018

Local fruits in demand

After Christmas...


SWEET: A vendor peels an orange on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain, on Thursday. –Photos: STEPHEN DOOBAY

Mark Fraser

Local fruits are in greater demand this year, said vendors on Charlotte Street in Port of Spain on Thursday. From mangoes to bananas; oranges and portugals, consumers will have a lot to choose from, they said.

Apples, grapes and other foreign fruits that were so popular around Christmas time are slowly losing their appeal as consumers seek to buy more local fruits such as oranges, portugals, bananas and mangoes, vendors said.

“People want local fruits. Now that Christmas is over and after all the meat they have consumed, people are taking things a little lighter and are turning to more fruits to cleanse the body,” said, Philmore Bernard.

Bernard has been a vendor for the past 30 years on Charlotte Street and admits that there are times sales are slow, however, the New Year is looking promising, he said.

“With portugals selling at $1 for one; bananas at $5 a pound, consumers are quickly capitalising on the reasonable prices compared to the higher prices on foreign fruits in order to save some money,” he said.

The Express met a small crowd along Charlotte Street who were trying to buy ripe bananas selling at $3 a pound. Julie mangoes were selling at $20 for four and, interestingly enough, caraille was also a hot seller at $3 for one.

Watermelon and lemon are also favourites.

Bernard said, “Local fruits were very scarce last year and some vendors said the reason for that was they had gotten a bad crop. This year, however, local fruits are in great abundance and consumers should keep in mind if buying to consume immediately; only buy what you need. If you plan to eat it in a few days then store it properly until you are ready.”