Cuenca Ecuador Mercado Food Cost & Prep

Every Thursday morning, we head to Mercado 27 de Febrero near our house in Cuenca Ecuador to get our fresh (mostly) organic fruits and veggies. This video shares our typical Cuenca Ecuador mercado food cost for a week; this one was $19.

Cuenca Ecuador Mercado Food Cost

Our Cuenca Ecuador mercado food cost is usually about $20 per week for fruits and veggies, plus another $5 per week with our local neighborhood fruit lady and $30 per week at Supermaxi on packaged food (tofu, oats, mushrooms, tomato sauce, spices, rice, etc.).

That means the two of us eat for around $200 per month and we cook most of our meals at home. We were spending over $800 per month on groceries when we lived in Denver, CO so that’s a huge savings, and the food tastes much better.

For more info on our monthly expenses, check out our Cuenca Ecuador Cost of Living video.

When we get home from our Cuenca mercado on Thursdays, I always make sure I have enough time to wash and prep all our fruits and veggies so they’re ready to eat when we want to eat them. Otherwise, if we put them in the fridge without prepping them, we’re less likely to eat them because we won’t want to take the time to wash everything when we’re hungry.

Before I started this process, we used to throw away far more food, and eat out far more often. This process works great! It saves us time. It saves food. It saves money. And it prevents us from eating out as often.

It takes me 45 minutes to 1 hour to wash everything and cut up the fruit (cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, etc.). I crank up some music and enjoy the process of eating a healthy plant-based diet.

Exotic Fruits

The exotic fruits we ate in the video were Maracuya and Granadilla. Both are members of the Passion Fruit family. They contain lots of seeds floating in a thick, sweet, gelatinous fluid.

The Maracuya is too sour for me, but Amelia likes it. (left image) The Granadilla is much sweeter and I love eating them for snacks. (right image) I cut off the top and dip out the gooey goodness with a spoon. Yum!

 

GranadillaMaracuya

How to Make Your Own Fruit & Vegetable Wash

We use Greger’s recommendation for the fruit and veggie wash: a salt water bath followed by a fresh water rinse. It has been scientifically proven to work better than the store-bought veggie wash, and it costs less.

Watch Our Cuenca Ecuador Mercado Food Haul

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