Prices of food in Tunisia
Most Russian tourists go to Tunisia to All Inclusive hotels, but even so, many go to the store for fruit and some food that is not on the buffet in the hotel restaurant. In this article we will talk about the prices for food in Tunisia.
Prices vary depending on the region of the country. In this article, we will post a lot of photos taken at the Carrefour supermarket in Medun on the island of Djerba in 2016. Djerba is in South Tunisia - the most "cheap" part of the country. Prices in Sousse , Hammamet or the city of Tunisia are always higher, consider this when you form your impression of the cost of living in Tunisia.
Let's start with the most popular group of food products - fruits.
Tunisians proudly say: "All the fruits on the shelves of local shops - we grow ourselves." According to statistics, of course, not all, but 80% at least. Tunisians want to answer: "If everything is your own, then why is it so expensive?".
Most striking are the prices of bananas, on Djerba they cost 3.28 Tunisian dinars per kilogram. The quality and appearance of these bananas, see the photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge.
The average for the country is from 2.5 to 3.5 dinars. Bananas in Russia are cheaper, at the time of writing the article (2016) it is 55-70 rubles - it's 2-2.5 dinars in translation for Tunisian money.
The dates in the store cost 6-12 dinars per kilogram, if you buy them at the same time. If in a beautiful package, then the price reaches 15 dinars. The price is affected by the size and appearance of dates. If dates on a branch, they are more expensive. The branch is a guarantee that these dates have not been on the ground.
Apples cost between 2 and 3.5 dinars per kilogram, depending on the variety and appearance. The price for a pear is about 3.8 dinars. These fruits in Tunisia are more expensive than Russia.
Oranges - from 1 to 3 dinars depending on the variety. Oranges in Tunisia are sold exactly local origin, the main center of citrus cultivation in the country - the peninsula of Cap Bon and its main city and resort of Nabeul , famous also for the best Tunisian ceramics . Prices for tangerines, grapefruits and other citrus fruits are the same.
Grapes - from 1,5 to 4 dinars per kilogram, depending on the variety and whether there are bones, kish-mish is more expensive. Grapes in Tunisia are cheaper than in Russia. The reasons are simple, a lot of grapes are grown, and little is done (relative to Russia and European countries), hence the low price tags.
Grenades are very cheap - from 1 to 2.5 dinars, at the time of publication of this article in Russia cheaper than 140 rubles not to find, and 140 rubles - is 5.3 dinars. Use the moment, lean on garnets and pomegranate juice.
See the photos of the fruit in the small gallery below.
The assortment of vegetables in Tunisia is rather meager. In shops you rarely find radishes, cucumbers, pumpkins or eggplants, although there is everything in the markets. This is the peculiarity of the country.
Strikingly surprisingly low prices for tomatoes - from 0.5 to 1.4 dinars. At the time of publication of the article in Russia, the lowest price for tomatoes is 85 rubles (3.2 dinars).
When you tell about the prices for tomatoes to friends in Russia, some do not believe in such figures. The evidence in the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge. The quality of tomatoes is good, see for yourself.
Not surprisingly, in Tunisian cuisine, tomatoes and tomato paste are used in every second dish, which surprises Russian tourists . Here, even fried eggs are cooked in tomato paste - this is a dish of shakshuk .
Potatoes ( see photos ) are in Tunisia from 0.8 to 1.2 dinars, we have cheaper. Prices for onions - from 0.8 to 1.5 dinars per kilogram. To sum up: vegetables in Tunisia are slightly more expensive than in Russia, except for tomatoes.
For Muslims, pork is haraam, that is, forbidden food. Despite religious prohibitions, Tunisians grow pigs, cook pork at restaurant hotels, and bacon, neck and other pork delicacies are available in stores. We did not see the raw pork meat in the shops, but please cut it. Prices "go off scale" - from 5 to 10 dinars per 100 grams! How it looks, look at the photo on the right.
The availability of pork should not be surprised. The number of tourists in Tunisia for a year is comparable to the population of the country. In addition, many European pensioners live here. Tunisians have always been a tolerant nation, in the country since ancient times side by side live Arabs, Berbers and Jews, even one of the oldest synagogues - El Griba is in Tunisia. The French protectorate strengthened this trend.
Meat and sausages
In the meat market in any country, chicken and pork are pulling prices down, and beef and lamb are working to increase. In the absence of a large spread of pork, prices for all types of meat are overstated. Beef in Tunisia costs from 16 to 21 dinars per kilogram, in Russia beef can be found cheaper.
Chicken meat costs 5-9 dinars, depending on the portion of the chicken and the presence of bones. Semi-finished products (nuggets, cardene-blue, chicken balls) cost from 4 to 6 per 330 g package. See the photos of meat products in the next mini-gallery.
Sausage boiled - 6-8 dinars per kilogram, sold in loaves, as in Russian stores. The boiled-smoked sausage - 1-3 per 100 grams, is sold mainly in slicing. Note that most Russian tourists call Tunisia sausage "terrible".
In stores, you can buy marigolds - these are spicy sausages, one of the most colorful national dishes of Tunisia. They cost from 15 to 20 dinars per kilogram. Attention! Semifinished products have a shelf life of only 2 days, do not try to bring them home from Tunisia .
Milk and dairy products
Milk is amazingly cheap - from 1 to 1.2 dinars per liter, in Russia prices are twice as high. Yoghurts, curds and similar dairy products in Tunisia are also cheaper twice.
Cheeses in Tunisia are an expensive treat. For a kilogram of cheese will have to give from 20 to 60 dinars. If you are a passionate admirer of cheese, then do not try the local cheeses at all! Do not be disappointed once again.
They are here accepted to sell in packages of 15 pieces, price tag - about 2.5 dinars. How it looks, see the photo .
Bread and flour products
In Russia we are accustomed to loaves of bread weighing 350-400 grams. In Tunisia, there are no such loaves at all. Here, bread is sold in other forms.
Form of a long baguette (pictured left) Tunisians adopted from the French. A baguette weighing 300 grams costs 0.5-0.6 dinars. Another form - a square toast bread - from 0,5 to 1,5 dinars per package, depends on the size of the package.
The traditional Arabic form of bread is a flat cake. In Tunisia, especially popular cakes with the addition of olives (not oil, namely olives). The price is from 0.4 to 0.8 dinars.
A very interesting product is a dough for a briquette , a Tunisian analogue of a cheburek. This dough is made from a mixture of flour and mango. The price is about 2 dinars for 10 flat cakes of this test. It is a pity that it can not be brought from Tunisia, the dough should be stored chilled.
Photos of bread and flour products, see the mini gallery below.
Fish and seafood
Fish in Tunisia are slightly cheaper than in Russia. Sardines - 3,6 dinars, mackerel - 7,2, dorado - 11,5. Red fish costs from 25 to 40 dinars.
Tuna canned - from 3 to 4 for a can of 160-170 grams. Let's note a big difference in the contents of canned tuna cans in our countries. In Tunisia, there are more fish in the cans, and there are no stones at all, and there are more pieces, and the fish is filled with quality olive oil. We highly recommend canned tuna as a delicious gift from Tunisia.
Seafood is quite cheap. Shrimp - 10-15 dinars per kilogram, crabs (whole) - 2-3, cuttlefish - about 15 dinars.
Nuts are inexpensive, another great idea is a delicious gift from Tunisia. Peanuts - 7-8 dinars per kilogram, almonds - 35-40, cashews - 30-40.
Macaroni, rice and cereals
Here the prices are comparable with the Russian ones. Macaroni are sold more often in packages of 500 grams ( see photos ) for 0.4-0.5 dinars. Rice - 1,2-1,6 dinars per kilogram ( see photo ).
Honey is sold in cans at 500 grams for 11-17 dinars. Snack: keksiki, cookies and the like - 0,3-1 dinar. Prices for chocolate and confectionery are comparable to those in Russia.
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