Food is necessary for growth. But for Nigerians, investing in food is an extreme sport. In 2022, Nigerians spent over 50% of their income on food, making them the second poorest country in terms of food affordability.
The recent and sudden switch to a “cashless” policy temporarily reduced food costs. But cash scarcity is still a problem in a country where four out of ten people live below the poverty line. Transportation costs—largely because of petrol and diesel price hikes—and storage issues also affect food expenses. For instance, because of poor storage, over 40% of tomato production doesn’t reach customers.
Pricepally, however, is bridging the gap between suppliers (and farmers) and consumers, making it easy to access food. Besides access to fresh foods and groceries, you also pay little or no cost for your deliveries, as this customer remarked:
But what types of food can you shop at Pricepally? Read this post to find out.
Let’s shop: 7 food items you can buy on Pricepally
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
You’ve heard the famous saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” which spotlights the health importance of apples and fruits in general. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants—such as vitamins C and E—that protect your body from diseases. You can shop for the following fruits:
- African star apple (agbalumo)
- cucumber, etc.
We also have varieties of vegetables, including fluted pumpkin—popularly called “ugu” in the Igbo language—cabbage, carrots, broccoli, water leaf, celery, dry green peas, eggplant, oregano, Uziza leaf (or “ata iyere”in the Yoruba language), jute (or “ewedu”) leaf, and the African Rosewood plant (otherwise known as “Oha leaf,” in the Igbo language).
2. Soup ingredients and species
- Melon, otherwise known as “ẹ̀gúsí” in the Yoruba language.
- Different varieties and forms (dried or fresh) of pepper like cayenne pepper (shombo), bell pepper (tatashe), and scotch bonnet pepper (ata rodo)
- Spices, such as salt, seasoning, onion, ketchup, spring onions, and locust beans (also called “iru”); curry and thyme, Banga spice, garlic, groundnut oil, palm oil, suya pepper, ginger, zobo, turmeric; fenugreek seed, Ehuru, coriander, black seed, fennel seed, cumin seed, cloves, cinnamon roll, and cardamon.
3. Meat, poultry, and seafood
Your body needs proteins for growth, body rebuilding and repairs, and energy production. Pricepally lets you buy the following animal-based protein foods:
- Cow meat, oxtail, and cow skin (ponmo).
- Goat meat
- Fish e.g., catfish, croaker, Hake fish (locally called “panla” fish)
- Chicken (live and frozen)
- Ram meat (live and frozen)
- Turkey meat
- Seafood like snails, crayfish, prawns, and periwinkle
4. Packaged foods and drinks
Packaged and canned food items have a longer shelf life. They include the following food items:
- Chocolate drink (loosely referred to as “tea” in local parlance) and beverages. Examples include Milo and Nescafe 3-in-1 Breakfast Drink
- Baked beans
- Spaghetti and spaghettini
- Canned corn
- Salad cream
- Corned beef
- Poundo yam
- Basmati rice
5. Baby foods
- Golden morn
- Cerelac Maize and Soya and Cerelac Junior Maize
- NAN Optipro
- SMA Gold
6. Carbohydrate-rich food items and other foodstuffs
Carbohydrates supply the required energy for the body to function properly. You can buy the following carbohydrate-rich foods at Pricepally:
- Rice, including imported and local unpolished (or “ofada”)
- Sweet and Irish potato
- Garri (white and yellow)
- Beans and red kidney beans
- Fresh corn
- Guinea corn
- Yellow sorghum
- Dried cassava
- Yam flour (or “elubo isu”)
- Dried yam
- Runner beans
- Soya beans
7. Baking ingredients
Do you need baking ingredients for house parties? We have them too. The following baking items are available.
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- All-purpose flour
- Baking paper
- Whipped cream powder
Our product category also includes everyday household supplies for washing and cleaning.
How to shop on Pricepally
Now that you know the food and non-food items you can buy, let’s talk about how to order them. You can shop through three channels—the web, the mobile app, and April, the WhatsApp shopping assistant.
To use any of the channels, create an account. Here is how to do that:
I. Log in to Pricepally. Fill in the required personal information fields. Then choose the account type (Individual or Business), and add your password. The same process applies if you’re trying to create an account using the mobile app, which you can download through the Play Store and the Apple Store.
II. Alternatively, you can create an account using the Google toggle option.
III. After creating an account, order your grocery items using any of your preferred channels. To order through WhatsApp, select the WhatsApp icon (April) on the web app, and scan the QR code on your screen to add the number.
Buy better, shop at Pricepally
You can never go wrong with investing in food. But shopping for food isn’t straightforward. But high food prices, transportation costs, and the tight schedules of people living in urban areas threaten a smooth shopping experience.
However, Pricepally allows you to shop for fresh food items at a price that works for you—you can buy in bulk or split the cost with others using Pally.
Frequently Asked Questions about Pricepally foods
What are Grade A and Grade B tomatoes and peppers?
Pricepally use thickness to classify tomatoes and peppers. Grade A is thick (or “hard”), while Grade B is a mix of soft and “hard” tomatoes. In all cases, they’re fresh.
How do I know an “original Titus” fish?
The mackerel, which Nigerians loosely call “Titus fish,” is neither fake nor original.
The popular “sweet or original Titus” (or Scomber scrombus) has a small head, small eyeballs, and a long, pointed snout. The belly is clear, pure white, and shiny with no spots. Its line pattern is wavy with black stripes.
The “fake Titus” fish (Scomber japonicus), which Nigerians also call “kampala,” has a big head. Its belly is rough with pale, dotted-line patterns. In general, “kampala” is bigger and longer than the “original Titus.”
How many custard or paint buckets make a bag of rice?
Depending on the type of rice (short or long), 12–13 custard/paint buckets make one bag (50 kg) of rice.
How many kilograms of rice make one paint or custard bucket?
One paint or custard bucket can hold 4–4.5 kg of rice.
What’s the difference between long and short-grain rice?
Short-grain rice is starchy, soft, and sticks together when cooked. Long-grain rice, on the other hand, contains less starch, and it’s drier and fluffier when cooked.