Unique Grocery Store Finds: Cub Foods & Mount Royal

The average grocery store has 38,000 items, but most folks typically only buy the same 30. So Duluth.com is setting out on a quest to find some of the most unique and unusual items around area stores!

Do you know what the most expensive spice in the world is? Saffron sits on the shelves at Mount Royal Market, and it doesn’t come cheap. That’s because it takes about 80,000 flowers to make one pound of Saffron, which could set you back about $2,000. At Mount Royal, expect to pay $11.50 for .04 ounces.

Cub Foods is touting a fruit from Southeast Asia that can grow up to 80 pounds! Jackfruit tastes like a mix between pineapple and banana, and is often used as a substitute for meat. The folks at Cub brought one out that weighed 12 pounds and cost $30 as a whole. Don’t think you have to take the whole thing home, though! Jackfruit is sold in pieces at Cub.

Want to step your health up a notch? Some say cherry juice concentrate can help with weight loss, arthritic pain and other ailments. The suggested serving is two tablespoons twice a day. The price? One quart goes for $20 at Cub.

Want more bang for your buck? If you have muscles and $50 handy, you can take home 50 pounds of Jasmine rice from Cub! Native to Thailand, it’s a fragrant rice that is said to smell a bit like popcorn while it’s cooking.

Finally, to add some spice to any dish, how about 8.5 pounds of garlic chili sauce? Cub stocks it for $15 a piece.