Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What we ate in February 2008, and how much it cost us.

Once more.. In an effort to show the economical viability of an all fruit 100% fruitarian diet.. this is what kveta and i spent on food last month:

Fruit Quantity Cost
Avocados 80 $59.90
Bananas 21 $4.12
Capsicum 1kg $1.67
Cucumbers 5 kgs $11.96
Durian 40 kgs (including shells) $121.27
Figs 3 kgs $20.51
Grapes 6 kgs $10.00
Longans 4 kg $31.75
Lychees 2.5 kgs $17.86
Mangoes 80 $48.70
Honeydew Melon 2 $5
Rock Melon 4 $8.00
Nectarines 14 Kg $28.82
Papayas 10 kgs $24.23
Peaches 1 kg $1.45
Tamarind 1 kg $8.10
Tomatoes 8 kgs $11.79
WaterMelon 65 kgs $37.45

Totalling $458.70 Which means that we averaged $14.80 for 2 of us each day on food.. That's just $7.40 (Australian dollars) each, per day.

Bare in mind that we generally eat an average of 5 or 6 different things eah day, and that I ate nothing on 6 days of February, and Kveta ate nothing on 2 of them.. See - Days of Fasting and Feasting, February 2008..

Kveta is normally pretty good at keeping her blog regularly updated with what we are getting food wise, so you can always check out her blog here:


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Duane said...

Hello Mango,

I love the blog! I must say that the fruit is much cheaper there than it is here in the USA. .60 per mango, wow!! I was wondering if this is all commercial fruit or is it organic?

Anonymous said...

Hi Duane,
yes, we are lucky to have such a wide choice of fruit at such good prices, even if we do sometimes complain that they are too high!

Pretty much all the fruit we grow is commercial. Organic fruit here seems to be unavailable or very highly priced with a poor choice..

We are focusing on getting somewhere in the tropics where an even better choice, economical and organic, will be available. Until then, we make the most of what we have.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mango,
I find lots of great organic fruit in Australia. Practically all the fruit I eat is organic, biodynamic or from small scale farmers who do not use sprays on their crops.

I do believe that there is organic fruit in the Sydney area, much is available via delivery services that specialise in organic produce.
I have several addresses of organic fruit deliverers, in the Sydney area, if you are interested.
Organic fruit is often more expensive than commercially grown fruit but I really believe that the price difference is worth it.
We may need to eat less because the quality is better, so the monetary cost is not always so much higher.
All commercial bananas in Australia have systemic poisons in them. These are toxins that get right into the fruit cells and cannotbe washed off.
Also all commercial apples here and many from the small growers are dipped in a preservation chemical that is banned in the U.S.
Just because we cannot see the chemicals does not mean they are not there.
Also large scale commercial fruit growing often needs to use far more chemicals because of the vast scale of mono-culture, that just would not happen in a natural environment.
I think it is so important that fruit eaters get the best quality fruit.
love and peace,
from Anne.

Fruitarian Mango said...

Hi Anne,
I don't really think I would cope to well having my fruit delivered to me.. Going to the market and fruit stall is half of what it's all about for me.I like to pick each piece of fruit up and smell and feel it before buying it, and even though quality may be better organic, because I currently don't have any source of income, I don't think I would be prepared to pay $4.50 for an organic avo, over an 89 cent non organic one that to me tastes pretty good.

I understand there are toxic chemicals, and that there is room for improvement, and that will happen, but I doubt it'll happen until we can escape sydney..

still, thanks for the suggestions, and yes, go ahead, please send me what info you have, as I can always look into it, and decide when I have more info.


Fruitarian Mango said...

I just thought I should add that on the plus side, we are eating deliciously home grown fully organic tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, plus watermelons too, and we had a couple of rock melons that were exceptionally flavoursome.. all from our tiny garden..

Anne said...

Dear Mango,
I know what you mean about picking out your own fruit; it is all part of the fun of fruit eating!
Your home grown fruit harvest sounds great. Home grown fruit really rocks!
I will send you an e-mail with some fruit delivery addresses.

In Queensland there are people who have organic fruit, for sale, at their houses and you can go there and choose your own fruit; I don't know if there is anything similar in Sydney.
Have a peachy one,
love from Anne.

Anonymous said...

!ow 21 bananas for the month for the 2 of you, lol, I eat that many in a day!! I have the same problem here where I live in Idaho, Organic fruit is rare and VERY expensive,I feel once our bodies are cleaned out from lifestyle change the body has the natural ability to clean itself and those toxins that may be in the fruit are easily cleaned out and especially if one fasts regularly or from time to time.