there are actually quite a variety of bananas with different qualities .
there seem to be at least two problems to bringing different varieties into north-american markets :
1) bananas spoil easily ; they do not like to be transported for long distances .
2) the north-american consumer is generally not willing to pay a premium price for different bananas .
we have a local produce market owned by a middle-eastern family and they carry a number of different varieties of bananas . the big seller -no surprise - is the standard banana from central-america selling for 39 to 59 cents a pound ; the other varities usually sell for $1.19 to 1.39 and are usually bought by shoppers
from the middle-east or india .
it's somewhat similar with potatoes : to canadians potatoes are potatoes .
in a german farmers' market you will find as many as a dozen different varieties of potatoes , and cooks and housewifes (AND MEN !) are usually very particular about the kind of potatoes they want to buy .
potatoes in germany are also quite a bit more expensive that in canada .
in canada we hardly ever pay more than $2.99 for a 10 pound bag - right now they can be had for 99 cents for 10 pounds at one of the local dealers .
in germany one would hardly ever buy a 10 pound bag of potatoes . shoppers usually want to SELECT the potatoes individually !
i'm not sure what potato prices are in germany right now , perhaps walter can advise .
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