If you are going to Israel on holiday or to see relatives (if you can afford Israeli hotels' and El Al's prices, that is), don't forget to take tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes.
According to this report,
The sky-rocketing price of an Israeli staple, tomatoes, has led the Agriculture Ministry to consider importing the red vegetable from Turkey. At least one charity organization is concentrating its efforts on giving tomatoes to the poor.
Though the average price of tomatoes throughout the year is under 2.5 shekels per kilo (30 cents per lb.), and though they cost just over double that in the critical days before the Rosh HaShanah holiday last month, they now cost 14 shekels and upward per kilogram. The steep jump is attributed to the shortage caused by the late summer heat waves.
What price the Israeli salad -- finely chopped toms, cucumbers, onion and pepper -- now?