Fruits and vegetables are expensive in Mongolia. The Dalai Eji Market, the largest vegetable market in Ulaanbaatar, is also the most popular market for foreigners. Lamb is sold for four to five yuan per catty, but tomatoes are sold for fifteen to six yuan per catty, and apples are about the same. About 10 yuan.
Walking on the streets of Ulaanbaatar and walking into a restaurant casually, you will find that the citizens are basically eating beef and mutton stewed potatoes, carrots, plus milk tea, fried shrimps, fried greens, and the like, you can’t see them at all. After a meal, I want the boss to give me a fruit plate, don’t even think about it, this meal is not even as expensive as the fruit plate.
I’m really greedy, I can only eat a small plate of fruit salad of more than 40 yuan in a restaurant opened by Koreans, and I can count a few small pieces of apples and cantaloupes.
Mongolia’s vegetables and fruits are basically imported. The only ones that can be grown by themselves are carrots, potatoes, and onions. Fruits are also sand fruits. It is said that they were imported from our Hulunbuir prairie.
The website of Erenhot City shows that more than 80% of Mongolia’s fruits and vegetables are imported and exported through Erenhot Port. In January 2021, Erenhot Port exported 9,896 tons of fruits and vegetables, an increase of 38.8% over the same period last year.
Calculated in this way, Mongolia buys more than 100,000 tons of fruits and vegetables from Erlian Port in a year. Erlian’s guide introduced: Mongolians mainly buy apples, oranges, pears, bananas, onions, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables. She jokingly said: We don’t sell vegetables, they can only eat meat.
On the side of Erenhot’s national gate is Zamyn-Uud, Mongolia. There are many truck drivers who are engaged in the transportation of fruits and vegetables. They travel between Erenhot and Ulaanbaatar all the year round. Erlian Port implements priority inspections for them, and priority is given to them. The clearance time for each vehicle is no more than 1 minute.