bonescwa wrote:The "fancier" grocery stores typically have them and almost NOTHING is reasonably priced there. Just cheaper, what was considered to be poor people food is much more expensive now because rich people who know nothing about the value of things blow money on them. Kind of like what's going on with tea.
Perhaps, but I live in a city that has zero grass! I don't really go to "fancier" grocery stores, so I'm not sure the prices, but you can pick them up at grocers like H-Mart in gigantic bundles for something like 50 cents. Taking the train out to the fields or suburbs to trespass on people's properties would surely cost me more than that, even without including the legal fees! I agree with your general sentiment, however, that many things are being marked up due to general fads. That is why I go to places like H-Mart for these things, as these types of vegetables have been part of Korean food culture for centuries and valued properly as such. Remember, a certain type of tea isn't necessarily bad just because Teavana dresses it up in sloganeering and marks it up 200%!