Barnacles, clams and hake are the foods that increase in price the most in the final stretch towards Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, while pineapple and red cabbage are the ones that register the greatest reduction, according to the latest wave on December 21. December of the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU).

Specifically, barnacles are the product that has increased its price the most compared to the first intake on November 25 after increasing by 68.8%, followed by clams (36.9%), hake (29.7%). %), oysters (11.6%), sea bream (8.6%), sea bass (7.6%) and lamb (6.8%).

On the contrary, those that dropped the most in price were red cabbage (-6.1%), followed by pineapple (-5.5%), prawns (-4.5%) and elvers (-1. 7%).

Regarding 2022, prawns, elvers, ham, sea bass and oysters are the most economical products, while Sea bream, hake, red cabbage and pularda, a typically Christmas food, have not evolved compared to last year.

In addition, this year’s Christmas dinner costs on average 1.2% more than in 2022 and, compared to 2015, average prices have risen more than 47% in nine years.

According to OCU, the rise in prices of the 16 products that make up the Christmas basket has accelerated in recent weeks. On average, these products are 10% more expensive than when they were first priced, and they cost almost 5% compared to just 10 days ago.

The consumer organization has been carrying out this analysis since 2015 where it analyzes the price of 16 typically Christmas foods that are in high demand on these dates, in municipal markets, supermarkets and hypermarkets in Albacete, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid and Zaragoza, Malaga and Murcia.

Thus, the organization recommends to those consumers who want to avoid the typical Christmas increases that they advance their purchases or replace the most expensive products with other cheaper alternatives, which, although they are less in demand, can be just as interesting from a nutritional point of view.