What is Naturenville? It is THE most amazing fruit and vegetable store in the world. I thought this was going to be a short post with mostly photos but it turns out I have a LOT to say about this amazing store.
Why is it so great?
- Reasonably priced
- Super fresh
- Great selection
- Unusual items
Let’s take each of these in turn.
Organic. Everthing is organic. Take a look at my receipt. Everything I bought is organic. No hunting for organic ginger or garlic. No hunting for organic parsnips. Everything. Organic.
Reasonably priced. Prices are no higher than non-organic items elsewhere whether at the local Carrefour or local market. It goes to say that the prices are MUCH lower than for organic produce at local organic stores like Naturalia (don’t get the names confused) or Bio c’ Bon. Again, take a look at my receipt. Bananas 1.99 euro per kilo (about $1 us per pound) and tomatoes 2.98 euros per kilo (about $1.50 per pound).
Unpackaged. No plastic packaging. No extraneous shipping containers. Everything comes straight from the farms in those traditional farm boxes.
Super fresh. Everything (as much as possible is local). Produce is marked with the location of origin and most is from France. Need I say more.
Great Selection. They have everything you need. In addition, if you want an apple they have 5 or 6 kinds of apples. Some you never even see in the stores or markets.
They also have three kinds of carrots (including washed and unwashed which is a thing here in France).
Different kinds of cabbage.
They also have the best avocados. Until I found this store avocados in Paris were hit or miss. They were sometimes bruised or had these weird stringy bits inside. These are always perfect and creamy.
Unusual items. They have lots of produce which is hard to find elsewhere. For example Daikon radish. Until I discovered this chain it was extremely hard to find Daikon radish near me (the 13th has lots of Chinese produce but not near me). They also have topinambour (Jerusalem artichoke or sunchoke). How often do you see that? Let alone organic. What about bok choi, kale, kumquats, fennel, artichokes, sweet potatoes? All organic and reasonably priced.
Sauerkraut. This gets its own heading mainly because the store carries very little in the way of prepared food. Just the sauerkraut, one kind of cheese, and one vineyard’s wines. But back to the sauerkraut. They have two kinds raw and cooked, both are organic. I bought the raw which is naturally fermented. Amazing and as with everything else reasonably priced at 3.50 euros for one kilo!
Where are they located?
Well, currently there are five in Paris and one just past the peripherique. You are lucky if you live near one. I used to go to the one on rue de la Procession but one just opened near me on 5 rue du Dr Jacquemaire Clémenceau. I was the SECOND person to ever shop at the new store! Remember the receipt I posted at the beginning? I had them write that I was the second customer on it. I love the place so much!