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How much do fruits and vegetables cost? ERS estimated average prices for 153 commonly consumed fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. Reported estimates include each product's average retail price per pound and per edible cup equivalent (the unit of measurement for Federal fruit and vegetable consumption recommendations). For many fruits and vegetables, a 1-cup equivalent equals the weight of enough edible food to fill a measuring cup. ERS calculated average prices at retail stores using 2008 Nielsen Homescan data. Retail quantities were further adjusted for the removal of inedible parts and cooking loss.

ERS also estimated the effect on households' food budgets and children's caloric intakes of replacing one energy-dense snack with a fruit or vegetable. The price per portion was estimated for 20 snack items commonly consumed by children ages 6-13, including salty snacks, baked and sweet goods, and frozen treats. ERS also identified and priced 20 fruits and vegetables that are potential replacements for these snack foods. Using data from Nielsen's 2010 Homescan panel, ERS estimated average retail prices, following the same methodology for estimating retail prices and per cup equivalents for 153 fruits and vegetables. For this comparison, however, a price "per portion" is estimated, to approximate the actual cost of consuming each food based on current consumption patterns. 

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Fruit   Back to top   
Apples—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Apricots—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Bananas—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Blackberries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Blueberries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Cantaloupe—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Cherries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Cranberries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Dates—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Figs—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Grapefruit—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Grapes—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Honeydew—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Kiwi—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Mangoes—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Nectarines—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Oranges—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Papaya—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Peaches—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Pears—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Pineapple—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Plums—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Raspberries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Strawberries—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Tangerines—Average retail price per pound or pint and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Watermelon—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Vegetables   Back to top   
Artichoke—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Asparagus—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Avocados—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Beets—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Black beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Broccoli—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Brussels sprouts—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Cabbage—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Carrots—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Cauliflower—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Celery—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Collard greens— Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Sweet corn—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Great northern beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Green beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Green peas—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Green peppers—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Kale—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Lentils—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Iceberg lettuce—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Romaine lettuce—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Lima beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Mushrooms—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Mustard greens—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Navy beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Okra—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Olives—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Onions—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Pinto beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Potatoes—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Pumpkin—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Radish—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Red kidney beans—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Red peppers—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Spinach—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Summer squash—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Sweet potatoes—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Tomatoes—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Turnip greens—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Winter squash—Average retail price per pound and per cup equivalent, 2008 Download as Excel       2/7/2011   
Snack Substitutions   Back to top   
Snacks—Portion size, price/portion, and calories/portion for 20 fruits and vegetables and 20 snack foods Download as Excel       11/28/2012   
Snacks—Average retail price and cost per portion for calorie-dense snack foods Download as Excel       11/28/2012   
Snacks—Average retail price and cost per portion for fruits and vegetables Download as Excel       11/28/2012   
Snacks—Impact on food costs of substituting fruits and vegetables for other snack foods Download as Excel       11/28/2012   
Snacks—Impact on caloric intake of substituting fruits and vegetables for other snack foods Download as Excel       11/28/2012   

Last updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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