News Local Legume prices soar

Legume prices soar

Strong demand for local legumes has led to an increase in prices of legumes in recent weeks.

Producers cannot respond to the demand as unexpected rainfall in the summer and the heat wave that followed affected production.

President of the Cyprus Association of Grocery Store Owners, Polykarpos Kattasis, told Phileleftheros that the weather is to blame for the soaring of prices.

“Some legumes like green beans, black eyed peas, okra and white beans have become like caviar and are inaccessible to consumers,” he said.

The current price of green beans is at €4 per kg, white beans are at €7 per kg, black eyed peas are at €3 and okra at €4,30.

The amount of local products in the market is very low and most grocery stores rely on imported goods, Kattasis said.

“Local products have almost disappeared from the market because of the bad weather in the past two months. As a result, most grocers sell imported products like avocado, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, leeks, grapefruit and red cabbage.”

Fruits have also been affected as vineyards were damaged from the high humidity levels.

Grapes are at €2,00 per kg, apples at €1,50 and bananas are over €1,00 per kg.

Potato prices have doubled from €0,60 to €1,20 per kg while imported potatoes are sold at €0,90 per kg.

The reason for this, Phileleftheros reports, is that some traders are manipulating market prices by acquiring large numbers of potatoes from producers but only supplying the market with small quantities to keep the prices high, while storing the rest in fridges.


Price (per kg)



Green Beans


White Beans


Black Eyed Peas



















Top Stories

Coronavirus: 109 new cases, two deaths on Tuesday

The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced the death of two people in Cyprus due to Covid-19. This raises the Mediterranean island’s death toll from the...

Health Minister to announce process of covid measures relaxation on Wednesday

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Wednesday will announce the way the strict coronavirus measures now in effect in Cyprus will be gradually relaxed after...

Scientists in Greece find 20 million year-old petrified tree

Greek scientists on the volcanic island of Lesbos say they have found a rare fossilized tree whose branches and roots are still intact after...

Turkey bans parties at ski resorts after Covid curfew backlash

Turkey has banned music and parties at ski resorts after footage of crowded party scenes provoked anger in a country which has endured two months...

EMGF Agreement set to be ratified on Thursday

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday decided to speed up the ratification of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Statute of the East Mediterranean...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...