Are Fruits Expensive in Brazil?
Sometimes is hard to write about a subject, but writing about the amazing variety of fruits in my beloved country is nothing but a pleasure for me, for a simple reason: one of my favorite things about Brazil is the fact that we have an infinite variety of fruits that are so inexpensive that it’s almost a crime not to include it in your daily meals.
As a general rule, fruits are not expensive in Brazil. There are more than 300 species of fruits that grow in Brazil, so it’s easy and cheap to find great options in supermarkets. The only exception is the imported and exotic fruits that usually costs 50 to 230% more than the national grown options.
To learn more about the amazing variety of fruits in Brazil and their respective prices, keep reading and check an amazing infographic with the top 10 most consumed fruits in Brazil and how much they cost.
Most Consumed Fruits In Brazil (Per Year)
Brazilians really love fruits and in some regions (where I live for example), it’s very common to have fruit trees in the backyard and even on the streets and public parks. As Brazil is a gigantic country, it can vary depending on the region, but in general, fruits are a great part of the diet of Brazilians. To better understand which fruits Brazilians are used to eating, let’s check the data from HFBrasil, which provides an annual report with the most consumed fruits in Brazil.
Three of the most consumed fruits are used with Feijoada (fried bananas and oranges are a mandatory side dish for this recipe) and Caipirinha (the most traditional Brazilian drink. The quantities of fruits consumed per person per year in the country are an indicator of how good it is to have great quality products growing all over the country, a fact that guarantees good prices for fruits in the supermarkets.
How Much Does Fruit Cost In Brazil?
As Brazil is a country where there are many species of fruit, at least 312 typically Brazilian and over 1000 derived from other countries and cultivated here. Thus, eating fruit is an important part of many people’s diets (at least those who like healthy and sustainable habits). I particularly like only some specific fruits, but Brazilians, in general, are very fond of including this type of food in their daily lives.
In the country as a whole, there are areas where eating fruit is more common. For example, in the North, Cupuaçu and Açaí are consumed daily by a large part of the population. But in general, how much does fruit cost in Brazil? Let’s check the table below to get an idea of the prices charged (per lbs and kg) for the most consumed fruits in Brazil.
|#||Fruit||Average Price (USD)||Average Price (BRL)|
|1||Banana||$ 0.24 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 1.12 (1 kg)|
|2||Orange||$ 0.33 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 1.68 (1 kg)|
|3||Watermelon||$ 0.25 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 1.28 (1 kg)|
|4||Apple||$ 0.94 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 4.68 (1 kg)|
|5||Papaya||$ 0.47 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 2.35 (1 kg)|
|6||Pineapple||$ 0.96 (1 unit)||R$ 4.80 (1 unit)|
|7||Mango||$ 0.21 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 1.08 (1 kg)|
|8||Tangerine||$ 0.43 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 2.18 (1 kg)|
|9||Melon||$ 0.63 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 3.16 (1 kg)|
|10||Lemon||$ 0.23 (2.2 lbs)||R$ 1.17 (1 kg)|
How Much Is A Banana In Brazil?
Banana is really a national passion in Brazil for several reasons. The first one is the flavor, the Bananas are very tasty and versatile ingredients as they go with both sweet and savory dishes. Another big reason why Bananas are so appreciated is their nutritional value, with a lot of important nutrients and vitamins. Finally, the fruits in Brazil are not expensive, the low cost of Bananas is another reason why Brazilians love this amazing product.
As a general rule, the average price of a Banana in Brazil is around 2 cents ($0.02). The price per 2.2 lbs of Bananas in Brazil is about $0.22 (R$1.12). It’s one of the cheapest foods in the country and it inspires an expression: “At Banana Price” means a good bargain in Brazil.
An interesting fact about Bananas in Brazil is that, on average, each adult Brazilian consumes 7.08 kg (15.60 lbs) of bananas every year. Banana has been the most consumed fruit in Brazil for over 3 decades. The second most consumed fruit is Orange, widely used for juices and as an accompaniment to Feijoada, and the third most consumed is Watermelon, also delicious for juices and to eat as a dessert.
What Fruit Is Brazil Famous For?
There are more than 1000 types of fruits in Brazil, being at least 312 native-Brazilian fruits. Many of these are not as well known and consumed regionally, while others have gained the world. A good example of these is Açai, a fruit that began to conquer the world in the late 90s.
The most famous Brazilian fruit is Açaí. Açaí is widely consumed in the North of Brazil, the region where Açaí is native from, as an accompaniment to savory dishes such as fish and flour. Worldwide, Açaí is consumed in another way, in bowls with other fruits, and is considered a superfood.
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