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Post by Goldiegirl Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:17 pm

What will I do with my limeless margarita's?   shame 


No more guacamole and margaritas? Lime shortage threatens to ruin summer


What's a margarita without fresh-squeezed lime juice? Or guac without that signature sweet-tart kick?

Sadly, it looks like we might have to start looking for new ways to add flavour to our favourite summer treats this year, as heavy rains in Mexico have led to a serious shortage of the prized citrus fruit.

Fox News reports that the world's leading producer of limes suffered debilitating rains late last year, which affected the lime blossoms. As a result, Mexican lime exports have fallen as much as 70 per cent, jacking the current price up to $70 to $100 for 40 pounds of limes, compared to $25 for the same amount back in February.

For Canadian consumers, that means you can expect to pay up to $1.50 per lime -- five times the normal $0.30 price tag for limes in the country.


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Canadians are paying up to five times the normal price for limes. (Thinkstock)In addition to the heavy rains, the New York Times reports that a deadly disease has spread through Mexican lime crops, wiping out entire trees for good.

All of this has culminated in a serious lime shortage -- and given the citrus' status as a key player in many popular restaurant menu items (think alcoholic beverages and guacamole) -- this may very well lead restaurant owners to jack up their prices in order to balance the books.

Surprisingly (or is it?), limes, which some are now referring to as "green gold," have become a hot item on the black market. NPR reports that Mexican mobsters are holding lime sellers and transporters at gunpoint until they forfeit their fruits, which are then sold to restaurants and wholesale suppliers.


With any luck, a fresh crop of limes from the spring harvest should start to hit the market in May (just in time for Cinco de Mayo!).
That being said, there's no telling as to whether other factors, such as ongoing violence and civil unrest in the state of Michoacan (a major lime producer) will affect the output of this crop.
Just because you don't have limes doesn't mean you can't enjoy a classic cocktail! Watch the video below to learn how to make a French 75, a boozy bevvie that uses lemons instead of limes.
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Post by Saint Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:47 pm

GG where is the video. 

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Post by Goldiegirl Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:27 pm

@Saint wrote:GG where is the video. 

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I couldn't find a way to paste it in.

Here is the link.  Very sad, very sad.

https://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/shine-on/no-more-guacamole-margaritas-lime-shortage-threatens-ruin-193036923.html
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Post by Saint Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:31 pm

Thank you.   Oh The Horror!!! 2243815925

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Post by Goldiegirl Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:01 pm

You're welcome Saint.

I'm going to need a margarita to calm down after that video.   :justswinging: 

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Post by Producer1 Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:08 pm

As one who lives in Canada, and LOVES limes, I'm willing to pay anything for them!

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Post by Goldiegirl Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:42 pm

Producer1, I totally agree with you.   Oh The Horror!!! 1150991001
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