Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quiz Time at the Grocery Store

Do you ever feel like you are giving the cashier a produce quiz every time you check out? Such was the case when I hit the local supermarket on the weekend. Once we sorted out the basil and cilantro, it was on to the other items in my basket. First up: a portabello mushroom. "What kind of mushroom is this?," she asks. Fine. Not everyone eats a wide variety mushrooms. But, I knew we were in trouble with item #2: chanterelle mushrooms.
"Is this some kind of fruit?," she asks. Also fine. It's not like I buy these everyday either because they are a tad exotic. Lastly, these babies:
"What in the world are these?," she asks. I just stood there, blinking.
Images from Wikipedia and here.

20 comments:

Martin Brazeau said...

She was kidding, right? Please tell me that either she was joking or you're joking.

Great site. So many fantastic recipes. Thanks!

Janet said...

LOL!!! That is too funny. "Some kind of fruit"...like a banana? I wonder if she would have known what they were if you bought the green ones.

Alida Saxon said...

Whew. Someone isn't eating their vegetables...

Usually it's just the more exotic fruits like pomegranates that stump the cashiers where I live.

Lily Girl said...

That made me simultaneously laugh and shake my head in sadness. It's no wonder less than 11% of Americans get their recommend daily servings of fruits and vegetables and that more than 60% of adults are overweight.

Vinnie G. said...

My personal favorite is the whole cilantro/ parsley confusion which I can understand but I once had a clerk ask me what a zucchini was.

Natjenn said...

LOL yes I can relate! and waiting patiently while the cashier tries to find it on their list. Although we all have our issues: I'm still trying to convince my onion-hating husband that chives are okay to eat...

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

The cashiers at my market always add ..."But how do you COOK that?" and I have to hold up the line or give a SUPER-high-speed-abbreviated version of "How to cook portabello mushrooms"... {{sigh}} or be rude and blow them off which would be... rude I guess. HAHAHAHA. Love your blog.

Stephanie said...

Haha! I can totally commiserate! I have become so accustom to this that I sometimes say what things are before they can ask, because I can see by their faces that they are stumped before they can form the question. My favorite is anise/fennel, because it is usually listed as fennel in the produce section but anise on the cashier's card. Oh, and jicama is fun too, because no one can pronounce it, much less spell it!

shelby said...

I had the same thing happen to me a couple weeks ago! She asked me about like 6 things, I mean yeah some are strange but come on, green beans...and mine were really green!

Matt said...

I especially feel bad when I'm in a trainee's line. I've always got a full load of produce and they seem to have a problem even with simple things like turnips and parsnips. On the up side, I can usually get my heads of raddicio for the price of red cabbage =)

Asmith80 said...

haha that reminded me of a funny story... A couple years ago I was in Chicago in some mall and stopped by the smoothie place... I was like okay I can't have any dairy... Can you tell me which ones do not contain any dairy? and she was like okay... and struggled with it... The board said what the smoothies mostly contained and my mom pointed to the banana berry one and goes how about that one? and the lady (swear to god) said "oh she can't have that one, it has bananas in it." Dead serious, suggested another one, I go no, I think this will be fine thanks... Just shook my head... Dumbfounded...

mollyjade said...

I had a clerk who had never heard of cilantro or LIMES before. So sad.

allularpunk said...

this happens to me EVERY time i go to the store. they can't tell parsley from cilantro, they don't know what avocados are, they don't know the different types of lettuce (which are different prices)... seriously! come on!

leslie said...

I'm about to memorize the PLUs for kale and chard, so as to speed things up. (I'm a green smoothie afficianado!)

Cravin' Veggies said...

This brings to mind the day I was buying a bag of dried beans. The girl at the register asked me, "What are you going to do with THESE??" When I told her I was going to EAT them, she said something like, "But they are so hard!"

FatMom said...

Oh, man! I hear ya, VD! I guess we're kind of lucky here in California, though...but yes, sometimes I DO have to help out the cashier... "That's escarole...that's endive...that's dandelion...("like the weed?")...those are nopalitos..." ("like a cactus leaf?" YES, exactly!)...oh, boy...

operagirl79 said...

Sorry, but I had no idea what those things in the last picture were. Seriously, I've never seen them yellow before.

Amanda Sevall said...

I live in California. On the central coast.... produce capital of THE WORLD. And every week at the grocery store I give my friendly clerks a pop quiz of sorts. Good times, good times! Thanks for a good laugh that I can totally relate to!! :)

denestria said...

This used to happen to me at the store ALL the time. I bought at least one thing a week that caused a stir at the register. Greens, mushrooms, lettuces, squashes, daikon, eggplant, etc always caused problems. No more though!

Our store now has produce scales that you can enter the ID# and it prints out a scanable label with the weight, name and price to stick on the bag. So my husband and I label our produce to avoid confusing the poor schmuck at the register and to avoid being charged for portobellos when we actually bought white buttons!

reactoss said...

two words: self-checkout!