Food is scarce in Cuba. It’s a function of Communism,  central planning, and collectivization. The food that is available is not visually appealing. Fruits and vegetables are small, bruised, and appear to be unripe. They would never sell in the United States. Meat does appear fresh, but loses its appeal when seen hanging unwrapped and fly covered in the heat of the Cuban day. If the Cubans can afford food, they are happy to have whatever is available.

Some Cubans are able to sell a few food items out of their homes or from push carts.

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Rice and grain are sold in bulk.

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The rice must be picked over and cleaned.

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Fresh pork with butcher in the background.

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Pig sandwich

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