Another Saturday for errands: Labone Farmers Shop for certain vegetables (fresh sweetcorn, potatoes), then Fair Way for lentils and tahini, followed by frozen yoghurt at Pinkberry. Accra has a surprisingly decent shopping selection, besides the roadside stands which can be excellent for pineapple, eggs and avocado. Different shops are good for different items, but you never know what will be in stock. Good bread flour comes in, then vanishes for several months, so I stock up and hope the storage containers are ant-proof.
No, I did not stock up on the Unicorn FrootLoops for 69.50 cedi which is fifteen USD….. or the alien fennel at Maxmart. I bought local pumpkin, ginger, green bell peppers, pineapple, carrots, green beans…. They are marking more items as “Product of Ghana” now, though you can usually tell from the prices what is imported. Shoprite bananas are sometimes very green, so i got some of those as well as they will be perfect for banana fritters tomorrow.
More to tempt you: the frozen feet selection at Shoprite in Osu. My local supermarket in Rome sells fresh horse steaks, which is also exotic in its own way. Much of the Shoprite meat seems to come frozen from South Africa, but the packages below are produced in Ghana, which is good. So much imported food here, when there is so much potential. There is supposed to be a One District–One Factory programme to create jobs and increase industrialisation, slow going so far but we hear a ceramics factory is on its way, and agro-processing factories are planned. If they create jobs and diminish food imports, that would be good.
More avoided items: the new frozen cakes, at 135.99 cedi, which is 30 USD. Who can afford that? Very interesting, what shows up here, and where it comes from. The locally produced icecream FanIce is fine, and much more affordable. They sell individual icecreams in plastic sachets, and in a supermarket line the other day, a gentleman had four chocolate FanIces. “For a friend in New York!” he explained. He was flying out that night and was bringing the frozen FanIce pouches to his homesick Ghanaian friend, carefully wrapped in plastic bags. I hope they arrived safely.
No, I bought my tinned orange marmalade and Ubered home. Maybe a steamed marmalade pudding tonight? A good 1 May to all!