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Comment by Venia on August 31, 2014 at 8:11am


If any south-east Londoners here, I'd like to know where do you get your banana boxes cheapest and most convenient. Thanks :) 

Comment by KittyKatKayl on July 30, 2014 at 9:15pm

Honest to goodness, there is on in Hoylake and one in Heswall. Where in Wirral are you Laney? I'm in Moreton :) x

Comment by Laney on July 30, 2014 at 9:12pm
Does anyone know any good vegan shops on the Wirral?
Comment by Jennifer on July 29, 2014 at 6:47am


You can find cheap boxes of bananas at Liverpool Wholesale Fruit market http://youtu.be/eaYvl8rjOvY

Go to Total Produce, ask for Phil Magee - he's the banana man and will sort you out. I usually phone in the morning (about 4/5am) before I go to ask if he has cheap boxes (£3-£8 for 18kg) and he will keep some aside. 0151 220 1826

If you do go, tell him Jennifer (he also knows me as the banana girl!) says hi :)

Comment by Jennifer on July 29, 2014 at 6:42am

@Elsara N

Manchester wholesale market is worth visiting, check out these two videos.



Bananas are cheaper in Aldi and Asda compared to Sainsbury's/Waitrose, but if you go to a wholesale market you can expect to pay as little as 30p/kg.

There is a meetup group you can join in Manchester - http://www.meetup.com/Raw-Vegan-Manchester/

My partner and I are fully raw (he helped me get off my cooked food addiction and I have been raw for over 5 months now), he is willing to help anyone become fully raw and he lives in Hyde (Manchester) so if you need help his channel is the first video I posted, contact him for information :)

I would trust what your body says and don't overload on calories. If you feel satiated with 1500 cals then don't eat anymore, but you will learn what is best for you. Send me a message here if you would like further help :)

Comment by Clear on July 22, 2014 at 12:40am

I am not sure if i am posting this in right place...

But i need to find crates of bananas acap (as cheap as possible) in Liverpool please... :-0

Its an 811 emergency :-)
Comment by Elsara N on July 21, 2014 at 5:57am

Thank you Nathan, your information has really helped. I guess if I go by needing 14kg of bananas a week and they're currently 79p/kg at Sainsburys/Waitrose that's £11.06 a week which I can deal with until I can strike up a deal somewhere! Just gotta hope they have enough in stock.
The conveyer belt of bananas is a great idea - One I will surely steal!

The daily calories are actually something I kinda need help with. I'm hoping to slim down a little but I wouldn't say I was 'trying to lose weight' and I aim to do an hour of aerobic exercise a day which burns approx. 200 calories but I’m not totally sure.
I read the 80/10/10 book by Dr Doug and it states there to go by the approx rule of 'weight in lb x 10 to maintain body weight + 10% for metabolism+ calories burned by exercise', for me this would be approximately 1520 (120lb*10+120+200) however I keep reading everywhere to eat 2500. I know not to restrict, so if I’m hungry I will eat but in terms of an initial goal or aim is 1520 incorrect?

Comment by Nathan on July 20, 2014 at 1:32pm

Elsara - bananas are key! Anyone in a western country and on a budget seems to end up reliant on bananas. Other calorie-dense fruits are generally more expensive and only sporadically available. From time-to-time you might find a good deal on persimmons, mangos, oranges etc, but bananas are likely to be the only fruit that's consistently available & affordable. Bananas also ripen well whereas most other fruit sold in the UK is picked too early & never reaches proper ripeness. If you buy wholesale then organic bananas aren't too expensive either, which is good because it means you can get the bulk of your calories from an organic source and supplement with whatever conventional fruit is in season/going cheap. 

I've gotten in the habit of picking up one or two dozen every day so I can keep a conveyor belt of ripe bananas going at home. It's cheaper and more convenient to buy boxes - but varying their ripening times and eating them before they go mushy is a headache. Temperature and proximity to other fruit are the key controls on ripening. If you keep an eye on them you can put ripe nanas in the fridge to prolong their life for a couple days (the skins discolour but the flesh stays firm, don't put unripe ones in the fridge though because they won't recover). They also freeze well but frozen nanas need to be eaten quickly after defrosting (you can put a couple in smoothies or make nice cream). I always buy a few more than I plan to eat because you can't tell exactly how long they'll take to ripen or how much you'll have to bin because of bruises/rot. It sounds complicated but you quickly get used to managing things.

Boxes are usually 18kg which is about 100 bananas. 1kg is 5-6 moderate sized bananas, which makes approx 500cals. You'll need to aim for 2500+ cals a day depending on activity levels. So you'll probably be eating at least a dozen a day. Price depends on where you shop & whether you buy conventional, fairtrade, or organic (fairtrade always seem to ripen better for me). Not all bananas are created equal! (Morrisons' are nasty). If you can't get to the wholesale market then ask a local greengrocer about buying in bulk - for them it's easy money, all they have to do is load/unload another box from their van. My grocer lets me text him what I want, charges me 10% markup (!!!) on whole boxes, and texts me when it's ready to collect - he's kinda unreliable and I don't know the price in advance but things usually work out. Or ask for any 'overripe' nanas they've set aside which might be discounted (I've been given them for free in supermarkets before, still took 3 days to ripen fully).

Comment by Elsara N on July 20, 2014 at 10:59am

Hey, I'm new here :)
Was raised vegetarian and have now been vegan for 18 months. I would ideally like to eat  80/10/10 100% raw but am open, and will probably need, to do raw til 4 first.
I live in south Manchester (moving to Leeds in Sept. for uni) and could use some advice on where to buy food, which food to buy and how much to buy. I've tried to research but find it so difficult since I can't even grasp how much 1kg of bananas is and how long it would last me!

I am mostly worried about cost of things as I am still living at home, and later on student loan, and although I am aware of the wholesale market in Manchester I do not have my own car and would be way too scared to go on my own :P
If anyone would like to friends or like be a mentor or something that would be so awesome. I really kinda need help! Look forward to meeting you (:

Comment by Rachel K on July 9, 2014 at 8:31am

Are there any North Walians who buy fruit wholesale or know of good places to order or buy from in the Chester and North Wales area? Sorry bit of a noob to all of this. I'm currently just buying from the supermarket as I only started raw till 4 a few weeks ago.


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