After being battered by three storms over the last month New Zealand is seeing a shortage in certain vegetables with flooding causing root rot, wiping out crops across the country. The shortage is causing prices for vegetables in supermarkets to skyrocket.
Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said the supply of green vegetables to supermarkets nationwide had been affected.
Beans, broccoli, salads, silverbeet, lettuce and spinach were all in particularly short supply, which meant customers might notice the retail price of these vegetables was higher than usual, she said.
"A good alternative option is cabbage, which is generally still in plentiful supply and affordable," said Laird. "The supply of these vegetables should gradually return to normal over the coming weeks, as more stock becomes available."
A Countdown spokesman said the supermarket chain was facing challenges across a "variety of fruits and veg due to the weather" and overall there was less supply around.