Friday, December 12, 2008

Food rebound

Cuba’s food situation is by no means back to normal after the devastation of three hurricanes this year. See, for example, this dire report from Holguin.

But I heard a few weeks ago that produce was starting to appear in Havana’s farmers markets, and last week the following items were on sale in two Havana markets I visited: pork, garlic, onions, chives, tomatoes, lettuce, several varieties of cabbage, bean sprouts, watercress, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, carrots, squash, okra, eggplant, radishes, beets, ginger, parsley, basil, cilantro, black beans, red beans, malanga, yuca, corn, peanuts, corn flour, corn meal, oranges, limes, pineapples, coconuts, grapefruit, guayaba, anon, and starfruit.

Plus lots of flowers.

There’s a list of items, posted in the markets, whose prices are capped at pre-hurricane levels. I only saw a sharp price increase in one item I note regularly; pork chops were going for 35 pesos per pound, about 40 percent higher than usual. On the other hand, maybe the vendor thought I would be willing to pay 35.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers in Cuba? But but but, if you just read babalu folk, (who has never been to cuba) you would think the whole island is without any color...

Shows us again to be wary of anybodies opinion who has NOT been to cuba for at least 20 years.
Yes, there is repression, yes there is poverty but... its not whole picture...

imagine going into gang bang areas of DC or LA taking pictures and then talk about them as if it were teh whole USA.

this is why I enjoy this blog, b/c Mr. peter has actually BEEN to cuba (and he actually SPEAKS) spanish..