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Old 05-06-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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Some of you might know me from the politics forum. We've traded some stories. Seems Mexico finally figured it out. Control that food item. Weird. Like the Middle East controls milk and food for their citizens. Same story with a different execution.

How Mexican drug cartels have caused a rapid increase in lime prices, putting a squeeze on bars for Cinco de Mayo | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

We get what we ask for.

Milking the desert: How mega-dairies thrive in Saudi sands - CNN.com
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Interesting. However, could this high price for lime thing be more of a regional thing?

I live in an area with a high Hispanic population considering. The price for limes has been as cheap as 20/$1 but usually runs between 8-10/$1, especially during the warmer months. They haven't fallen down to the cheaper prices but as I shared in another thread I got 4/$1 a few days back.

Other than Mexican food and as an occasional mixer for drinks I don't use a lot of limes in my cooking. Maybe I just don't notice the higher prices?
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: In a house
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I often make fresh limeade in the summer, and use lime often year-round in cooking, and I even sometimes just enjoy eating a couple of segments as-is. I'm really hoping the prices go down, or Florida is able to recover from the disease that wiped out -their- crops a couple of years ago and have some healthy lime groves next season.

Also, it's not -just- the drug cartels. It's also bad weather resulting in a bad crop season, and diseased groves. It's a tough combination all the way around.

A buck a piece - insane really. Even the taqueria I frequent no longer gives lime with their tacos - we get lemon wedges now. It's good, but it just isn't the same.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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The Costco near us has Columbian lines for about $5 for 30-40 of them. There are many more items that I'm worried about blowing my budget on before limes. In fact, I think I'm going to have a Gin and Tonic right now.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:52 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I have two key lime trees (well, more like bushes) to fall back on. Though they're no substitute for Persian limes. Lemons and limes both really fluctuate in price here. We can all easily grow our own in our climate. Though a hard freeze 2 years in a row nearly did in my 4 lemon trees.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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I use them a lot as a squeeze on roast chicken. I've been noting the higher prices these last months.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Smithville, TX
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I have two key lime trees (well, more like bushes) to fall back on. Though they're no substitute for Persian limes. Lemons and limes both really fluctuate in price here. We can all easily grow our own in our climate. Though a hard freeze 2 years in a row nearly did in my 4 lemon trees.
I'm near San Antonio and haven't seen the increase in key limes so far. Of course that can change the next time a butterfly flaps it's wings . . .somewhere.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:46 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I'm near San Antonio and haven't seen the increase in key limes so far. Of course that can change the next time a butterfly flaps it's wings . . .somewhere.
I haven't noticed, but I'm pretty sure Persian limes have shot up. Lemons were pricey this last year though.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:37 AM
 
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Limes were .44 cents each at the market yesterday. I grew up with a lemon tree in the back yard. My mother used lemon instead of lime in her dishes.

A proper margarita needs lime, lemon can be used for everything else.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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Boy, y'all are lucky!! I paid $1.99 for ONE lime last week! They're usually 2 for a buck. This was in Madison, WI.
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