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Ecuador: The Aymes of Tingo ONE WEEK'S FOOD IN SEPTEMBER Grains & Other Starchy Foods:40 white potatoes, 100 lb white rice, broken, 50 lb, cheaper...

Ecuador: The Aymes of Tingo 


Grains & Other Starchy Foods: $17.40

white potatoes, 100 lb

white rice, broken, 50 lb, cheaper than

whole rice.

ground wheat,* 15 lb corn flour, 10 lb

white flour, fine, 10 lb green pea flour, 8 lb white flour, coarse, 6 lb

Note: The Aymes normally grow their own potatoes and corn, but have none to harvest at this time of year.

They have eaten the last of their homegrown barley.


Milk, 1.8 gal, from family cows; only part of the week's supply is shown in the photograph.

Meat, Fish & Eggs:


Fruits, Vegetables & Nuts: $11.25

plantains, 13.4 lb

yellow bananas, 6.2 lb, purchased over-ripe

as they are cheaper that way.

oranges, 3.6 lb

lemons, 2.5 lb

Andean blackberries, 1 lb lentils, 10 lb

carrots, 3.6 lb

red onions, 3 lb

leeks, 2 lb

lettuce, 1 head

Condiments: $2.90

Brown sugar, 11 lb, purchased as a cake, used for sweetening coffee and eaten as candy.

salt, 1.5 lb

vegetable oil, 16.9 fl oz cilantro, 1 bunch


stinging nettle, 1 small bunch, gathered wild for tea.

corn silk, 1 handful, boiled in water for both tea and medicine.

spring water, carried by hand, for drinking and cooking.

Food Expenditure for One Week: $31.55

Ecuador: The Aymes of Tingo

Question: What does this family's weekly groceries reveal or suggest about

  •  the family's standard of living?
  •  the lifestyle of the family members' lives?
  •  the political situation of the country?
  •  the environmental impact of food choice?
  •  the economic situation of food choices?
  •  cultural influences? 

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  • Thank you so much.
    • harrypham68
    • Apr 01, 2018 at 8:58pm
  • my pleasure
    • girler232
    • Apr 01, 2018 at 9:02pm

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