Cauliflower has rarely meant as much to Canadians as it does today.
The New York Times noted this week that five heads (around $40) cost more than a barrel of oil (West Texas Intermediate sat at US$29.69 as of Thursday).
Cauliflower's skyrocketing price has convinced some Toronto grocery stores to drop its price; Food Basics is pitching it for $1.98 until Jan. 27, The Toronto Star reported.
But that will only last a few days. And shoppers in Vancouver aren't seeing quite the same relief.
Oil isn't the only product that's a better deal than cauliflower right now. There are plenty of foods you can buy for less than the price of a single head. Most form part of a great meal.
In other words, be happy: you don't HAVE to eat cauliflower. And you definitely don't have to buy it.
Here are 12 items you can have for about the price of a single head:
Two kilos of celery
4.4 kilograms of carrots
Take it home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato, and baby, you have a stew going!
4.54 kilograms of potatoes
Did somebody mention a stew?
Two heads of iceberg lettuce
Heads of lettuce are listed at about about $3.59 in Vancouver. That's enough to make a few salads.
A whole chicken
A single chicken weighs roughly a kilogram, and costs $7.70.
A chicken teriyaki don bowl
At around $7.99, it costs about the same. As a whole head of the vegetable. Tastes better, too.
California and dynamite sushi rolls
One of each would set you back about $8.75 at this sushi restaurant.
A Big Mac meal with medium fries at McDonald's
$8.19. Pretty, pretty, pretty close. You know, if you wanted to eat this.
Half a pound of smoked meat at Schwartz's in Montreal
It costs about $8.50. But you'll have to pick up the rye yourself.
Five boxes of KD
It costs $1.47 at Walmart. This much KD is enough to call it a Canadian smorgasbord.
500 grams of bacon
It's only about $6.76. Enough to make you go hog wild.
113 grams of smoked pink Pacific salmon
At $8.95 it's slightly more expensive than a head of cauliflower. But it's always worth stretching your budget for Pacific salmon.
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