A country where onions are more expensive than meat

  • Camila Veras Motta
  • BBC News Brazil, Sao Paulo

image source, ROLEX DELA PENA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock


A kilo of onions in the Philippines reached US$11

In many parts of the world, onions are a staple while meat is a luxury, but in the Philippines its price is higher than that of chicken or beef.

The Asian country’s custom of sauteing with garlic and onions dates back to the Spanish colonial period, which lasted between 1521 and 1898 and greatly influenced its cuisine.

However, for almost a month, Onion has become a luxury item For Filipinos. After the price hike, vegetables cost more than many types of meat.

A kilo of red and white onions fetched US$11 this week, while a whole chicken fetched US$4.

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