The extreme weather conditions this winter have driven the price of fruit and vegetables up, meaning this year’s Green Monday table will be significantly more expensive than that of 2018.
According to head of the association of fruit market owners Polys Katashis, calculations of prices show a notable rise this year though some may change by Monday, March 11 when the day will be celebrated.
Due to constant hailstorms, as well as the high levels of snow and frost in the mountains, whole crops have been destroyed, leading to a decrease in the availability of some products on the market and the consequent hike in prices, Katashis said.
At the same time however, the association has observed that some have taken advantage of the situation by overinflating their prices.
Compared to 2018, tomatoes this year have risen from €1.50 per kilo to €2.30; greenhouse cucumbers from €1.20 per kilo to €2.80; and field-grown cucumbers from €2.50 to €3.50.
In 2018, green peas and beans cost €3.50, but are this year being sold at €5 per kilo.
From 60 cents last year, broccoli per kilo today sells at €2.60, while courgette prices spiralled from 50 cents to €2-2.50 per kilo, depending on the kind.