Wow! I wish I could keep track of all the things that are so different from one country to another. I was grocery shopping with my mom this afternoon and stood in awe of the produce section. Everything was so clean from the floor to the fruit, and the shelves to the vegetables. Items were stacked neatly, with clear pricing and even a bit of spray at times coming from hidden locations.
It isn't that we don't get good produce in the highlands of PNG but more on how it is presented. In Goroka we buy lovely lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, pineapples, avocados, broccoli, strawberries, and so much more for very reasonable prices, cheap actually. However these items are strewn about on plastic in the muddy ground of the "market". The fruit and vegetables are rinsed with contaminated water from the typhoid infested river near by so that they have a nice, shinny look. This is to appeal to us and encourage us to buy them. Well once you bleach the fruits and veggies at home then they seem very much like the ones you get in your local supermarket.