Confessions of a produce shopper

My true confessions about shopping for produce, especially at Whole (Paycheck) Foods, where I can’t abide by paying for parts of the vegetables that are inedible or unusable.  This applies mainly to items priced by the pound:

  1. Portabella and shiitake mushrooms – I snap off the stems
  2. Leeks – break off the unusable dark green fronds at the top
  3. Red bell peppers – break off the cute little stems – who needs them?
  4. Green beans – throw away the stems and little branches

When you’re paying for produce by the pound, pay for what you use, not for what you throw away.

If I think of more I’ll add them, but just back from shopping this afternoon, these were top of mind.


5 thoughts on “Confessions of a produce shopper

  1. Any tips for remaining inconspicuous while snapping the ends off asparagus? At $3.99/lb I can see the value in getting rid of the waste before purchase.


    1. Hmm, that’s a good question Lou. I would just make sure no one from the produce department is nearby and do it, one by one, with the bunch still bound by the elastic, but sliding each spear out individually. If you act like you know what you’re doing instead of looking suspicious, it could work.


  2. Or call CNN and announce there will be a beheading of broccoli in the produce aisle at 4:00 P.M. and make sure that Wolf Blitzer will do the commentary and arrange the looping of the film for two days as BREAKING NEWS!


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