We buy MANGOS and fresh CILANTRO quite often in Denmark, but I had honestly not thought about how much they cost in Texas in a while. Maybe I was just blocking it out??? But I was in Walmart on Friday and had one of those "OMG DANISH GROCERS ARE MAKING A BUTTLOAD OF MONEY" moments.
Take a look-- Mangos -- 68 CENTS each
First of all, I am LUCKY if I can get one that is actually RIPE and second of all we pay 19 kroner in Denmark. Now for the conversion:
19 Kroner divided by today's exchange rate = THREE DOLLARS & SIXTEEN CENTS.
I am not a mathematician, but I am pretty sure that is somewhere between a 4x and 5x markup in DK. UGH.
And then Cilantro, a key ingredient to so many of the Tex-Mex dishes I make. At Walmart, it is 28 CENTS a bunch.Again, I am LUCKY if I can find fresh cilantro in DK on the DAY I actually need it. Mads has been known to drive to 2-3 stores in search of it! I'd say that it is actually at the store 50% of the time I need/want it. And second of it, it costs, on average 16.95dkk, which is TWO DOLLARS & EIGHTY THREE CENTS.
Again, not to tout my math skills, but I am QUITE CERTAIN that is a markup of TEN TIMES. Again, UGH.
I understand imports and taxes and whatnot.
But Oh My Lord.....