Poor people are inventive.
In the Russian language there is an expression “Голь на выдумки хитра”. The meaning of this saying is “Necessity is the mother of invention”, but word to word translation would be “Those who have nothing are ingenious”!
Poor people are very inventive indeed.
Way back in my old country even if people had money, there was not much choice of goods to buy.
The most common and always available food items were bread, eggs, macaroni noodles and seasonal (only seasonal) fruits and vegetables.
No exotic or overseas fruits were known to soviet people, except oranges and mandarins which for some reason were in comparative abundance only at a New Year time.
Moscow knew more variety, because foreign tourists were allowed to visit Moscow, so government let more supplies (food as well as clothes) to be sold in Moscow in order to show off for foreign people.
However, remote regions where foreign tourists were not allowed to visit, had to live with scares choices.