In reality, tomato is a fruit but since it is used among vegetables, it is often being considered a vegetable.
Vegetable prices have been soaring after heavy rain in the neighbouring states led to a fall in supply, according to the traders.
Traders in Kottayam market said that trucks transporting vegetables from other states to Kerala have also raised their charges.
Brinjal is available in Tamil Nadu for Rs 50 per kg. In Kerala, it costs Rs 110 for the same quantity.
Vegetables directly procured from the farmers of Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government would arrive at the markets only from December 29.
Whether you eat it raw or cooked, colourful food could always make you feel extra pleased.
In Thiruvananthapuram's prominent wholesale market at Chala, 1 kg tomato is sold at Rs 60. But when you approach retail vegetable shops in the Capital city, the rate soars to Rs 90.
The middlemen are raising a false bogey that the direct procurement by the Kerala Government would lead to vegetable shortage in Tamil Nadu.
The increase in price of groceries, including rice and salt, besides vegetables have affected the budgets of several families.
State Agriculture Minister P Prasad has said that there will be a considerable decrease in the price of vegetables by next week.