Local Vs. Imported Food in Tanzania

I want to just say, i eat so much different and much more and healthier in Tanzania, there is such a limited amount of food available and much harder to get. There are a lot of international differences with local vs. imported food as well as seasonal foods and GMO’s. I wanted to focus on Tanzania because our situation is unique. We do not have genetically modified foods readily available in Tanzania, in addition we do not get our fruits and vegetables in the supermarkets, most super markets barely have any vegetables for sale as it is not a popular seller. We do not go to grocery stores often unless they are local supermarkets because most of the time it costs too much money to get items that are considered everyday items in the USA. Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.02.44 PM This is just one example of something that is so normal in the USA that is virtually impossible to get in Tanzania, and because of the Port Tax on imported goods and the fact that they have to bribe the port officials in order to get the imported food out of the port on time before it sours, this is the other issue, most of the time once the food has cleared the port it is near expiry date and you spend all this money for something to go bad in 2 days that should last a month at least. The other thing is that in Tanzania we have so much smaller supermarkets because they don’t have products to fill them. Our biggest supermarket in Dar-es-salaam is probably the size of a Walgreens, and they still dont have anywhere near as much products  in them. These supermarkets are a relatively new thing as the first supermarket that opened up in Dar-es-Salaam in 2008 and was the downstairs of a house. This is just the culture in Tanzania, we go to local butchers to get our meat, we go to markets like this one below for our fruit and vegetables and spices.

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.50.20 PM In addition we do not have anywhere near the amount of fast food as what is available in Europe and the USA. We have a total of 3fast food restaurants in Dar-es-salaam and they were both opened in the last 10 years, in addition these chains only have one or two in the entire East African Province. They also do not make as much buissness as here. They get traffic from people that work in the area and have lunch breaks or foreigners who crave the fast food.

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2 thoughts on “Local Vs. Imported Food in Tanzania

  1. Thank you for this post! It was very interesting for me to read about how different the food culture is in Tanzania. I’ve never been out of this country and I’ve always wondered what it’s like elsewhere. I’m craving fresh fruit now.

  2. This post was very interesting to read! I’m always fascinated by food cultures in different places around the world. The more I hear about these wonderful local markets everywhere else in the world, the more disgusted I am with processed American food.

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