I was thwarted in my first attempt to go to Super King Market on Thursday, but yesterday I tried again – and success! They were open for business. And, apparently, it is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon – I have never seen a supermarket so crowded in my life. There were lines to get in the parking lot, every available cart was in use, and there was constant dodging and weaving in the aisles once you got inside.
Oh, and their bakery is so hot, they have to advertise it. See?
Normally I’m not a huge fan of crowds (I’m my father’s son in that regard) but I loved Super King, for two reasons: 1) Their dirt cheap produce prices (more on that later), and 2) about 1 in 4 signs in their produce department had a spelling error. I took some pictures – so put on your middle school spelling test thinking caps, and you can play along! What’s wrong with these signs?
That last one is actually a trick question, because the sign is erroneous for two reasons: ‘tomato’ is spelled wrong, and the product in the bin beneath the sign aren’t roma tomatoes at all – they were regular tomatoes, sold on the vine.
I would have more pictures for you, but it was about then that I was approached by a Super King employee, and told I couldn’t take photographs in their store. I didn’t get a reason why, except for that management said so. I respected their request, but took notes on a few more signs. The spelling test isn’t over yet…
- Italian parsely
- Loosse mushrooms
- Peleed garlic
- Brocoli flowers
- Loosse beets
While the spelling mistakes made me laugh, the prices practically made me cry. They’re outrageously low. This is what I ended up buying:
That’s 1 pineapple, 1 bag of 3 romaine hearts, a bunch of green onions, 1 head broccoli, 1 bunch celery, 1 pound of carrots, 1 bunch radishes, 3 bananas, 2 grapefruit, 1 large tomato, 2 apples, 2 pears, 2 red plums, and 2 cactus pears.
Grand total? $6.74 What?!? Amazing!
The only item I paid more than a dollar for was the pineapple, which was $1.50. Ten of the fruits and veggies I bought were under 50 cents apiece.
I recommend Super King to everyone! (Although I didn’t check out much of the store besides the produce section – it was too crowded, and I got a little miffed after I was asked to put my camera away. I did note, should it interest you, that there is a sizable hookah section up front by the registers.)
Since I’m not gonna make it to the farmer’s market this weekend, I decided I should buy something at Super King that I’ve never bought before, which I why I bought the cactus pears:
The cactus pears (also called prickly pears) were just calling my name. It was only a few days ago that I was reading about them on Green Plate Dinners, a fun blog written by a Hawaiian woman named Haley (click here to check it out), and the huge bin of cactus pears was right by the door at Super King, and they were 12 for 99 cents. Sold. Two, please – I can spare 17 cents.
I don’t really know what to do with them, or how to know when they’re ripe, or even if they’re ripe right now, so I’ll dig around a little bit and let you know what I think. Haley confirmed, in her comments section, that you don’t eat the skins, and in her post she compares the taste to a cross between watermelon and kiwi. Sounds good!
OK – I’m off for now. I slept through my normal Sunday morning class at Slimmons, so I’m gonna head down to the tiny gym in my building and hop on the bike.
Keep it up, David!