Aldi is known for a bunch of things. To name a few: yummy chocolate and coffee, low prices, and its decent produce selection (both organic and conventional). I find myself there about once a week — half because I want to check out their snacks (chili-lime cashews!), and half because I need to stock up on the store's super-inexpensive fruits and vegetables.
While my shopping list for my mainstream grocery store tends to change from trip to trip, there are five fruits and veggies that I almost always get during an Aldi run. The prices can't be beat and the quality is legit.
Here's what I get.
1. Baby carrots, $0.99 for 16 ounces
The conventionally farmed baby carrots are consistently 99 cents at my local Aldi, whereas they're only ever that low at my mainstream grocery store if there happens to be a sale. I like to dip carrots in a bit of ranch dressing or peanut butter (don't knock it until you've tried it!) for a daily snack, so I prefer to save when I can.
2. Avocados, $3.99 for four
It's rare that I can find avocados at another grocery store for less than a dollar each. Aldi sells bags of four organic (!!!) avocados for $3.99. Not only is the price just right, but I also find that four is the perfect number of avocados. (Versus, say, a bulk bag from a warehouse store with five or more avocados, some of which go bad before I can eat them all.) I start with the softest one and by the time I get to the last one, later in the week, it's ready to eat.
3. Button mushrooms, $1.29 for eight ounces
A lot of people say button mushrooms are boring, but I just recently convinced my husband to start eating them. Right now, we're loving them sautéed and stirred into pasta, or just sliced up into a salad. And they're more than two bucks cheaper per pound at Aldi versus my other local grocery store!
4. Bananas, $0.44 per pound
I know everyone loves to talk about the bananas at Trader Joe's (they're $19 cents each), but they're actually cheaper at Aldi. One of our writers did the math and it comes out to about $0.57 per pound at Trader Joe's and it's only $0.44 per pound at Aldi.
5. Lemons, $3.19 for two pounds
We go through a lot of lemons in my house. I squeeze lemon wedges over roasted vegetables and bowls of raw vegetables (aka salads). I add slices to water. And I clean with them. So a two-pound bag gets used up in practically no time.
What about you? Are there any produce items you always pick up at Aldi?