The "Puercas", bags of vegetables sold throughout the Inter-American and in the Highlands
The "Puercas" ( literally translated as "sows" in english) are very well known for the visitors of Chiriqui and for the residents of Highlands. The "Puercas" are bags of vegetables at low cost that are sold in the distribution centers of vegetables in Chiriqui.
It should be noted that some people and vendors emphasize the difference between "Puercas" and "Vegetables Bags" as a marketing concept. Since some distributors claim that the quality of products such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, carrots and vegetables of the "Vegetable Bags" are superior to those that come in the "Puercas", there is the difference.
Either a sow or a vegetable bag, usually the products that come in these bags are potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, tomatoes, peppers, chives, leeks, celery, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, among other products.
You can find the Puercas (sows) of different prices, from $5.00 to $8.00, it is normal to find the products of the "Puercas" of this price quite small, as for example, instead of big potatoes, they place "papines" (very small potatoes), the carrots are sometimes broken and the tomatoes are sometimes small as well as the onions. While the "bags of vegetables" that are not listed as sows are sold from $ 9.00 to $ 15.00, these bags are more expensive, but do not bring the "papines" (little potatoes) instead the potatoes are big enough and color papers come into it too as also other larger products.