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Lime Shortage Affects Cocktail Bars, Restaurants...and You


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#31 Norm Matthews

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 09:49 PM

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#32 Hassouni

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:10 AM

Well fancy that - H Mart was more expensive than Whole Foods, which is still holding strong at 69 cents each.



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:21 AM

This is one of those times when I'm soooo glad I live in a lime-producing country.  They're 20 for $1 at the mercados right now, which is a bit steep but understandable given the volcanic activity we've been having lately.  (In non-ash seasons they're 30-40 for $1.)


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:47 AM

This is one of those times when I'm soooo glad I live in a lime-producing country.  They're 20 for $1 at the mercados right now, which is a bit steep but understandable given the volcanic activity we've been having lately.  (In non-ash seasons they're 30-40 for $1.)

 

Ahem, looking to export?


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 12:33 PM

This is one of those times when I'm soooo glad I live in a lime-producing country. They're 20 for $1 at the mercados right now, which is a bit steep but understandable given the volcanic activity we've been having lately. (In non-ash seasons they're 30-40 for $1.)


Wow. At the risk of going off on a tangent, how does that price (20/$1 or even 30-40/$1) compare with the cost of other fruit sold there, say, lemons? What other citrus are commercially farmed there?

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:02 PM

Wow. At the risk of going off on a tangent, how does that price (20/$1 or even 30-40/$1) compare with the cost of other fruit sold there, say, lemons? What other citrus are commercially farmed there?

 

And just to add... Do they even grow lemons in Ecuador?  I never see them in Mexico. 



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:36 PM

This is one of those times when I'm soooo glad I live in a lime-producing country.  They're 20 for $1 at the mercados right now, which is a bit steep but understandable given the volcanic activity we've been having lately.  (In non-ash seasons they're 30-40 for $1.)

 

I live in a lime producing country too.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:52 AM

You know lime prices are bad when they start serving lemon wedges at you local Pho joint.  And H mart has them at 79 cents a piece.  Trader Joe is still holding strong with 2.49 for a bag of 8.

 

I am in Washington DC area BTW.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:29 AM

So if it comes to that, what is an acceptable substitute in one's gin and tonic?

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:59 AM

You know lime prices are bad when they start serving lemon wedges at you local Pho joint.  And H mart has them at 79 cents a piece.  Trader Joe is still holding strong with 2.49 for a bag of 8.

 

I am in Washington DC area BTW.

 

Man, I got lemons in my pho too! (Over at Eden Center, where they really shouldn't be cutting such corners!). Also, which TJ's is that?

 

Whole Foods is still holding at 69 cents for pretty decent limes, or $3.99 for a bag of 8 organic yet tiny ones.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

If the export licences for fresh fruit weren't both prohibitively expensive and torturous to obtain, I would definitely be in the market as an exporter.

 

Wow. At the risk of going off on a tangent, how does that price (20/$1 or even 30-40/$1) compare with the cost of other fruit sold there, say, lemons? What other citrus are commercially farmed there?

 

Just about everything citrus grows here, even some of the really obscure ones (citrons, chinottos, calmanasi, mandaquats, or bergamots, anyone?  They're all in the market at the moment, and some of them are also in my marmalade pot with this season's quince).  Right now Bearss Lemons are 10-12 for $1, Meyers are 5-8 for $1, and the big Malfi ones are 3-4 for $1 or free off of my friend's tree if I give him a bottle of the limoncello I use them for.  The only thing that seems to be rare (although not by any means unavailable - you just have to be diligent in asking and searching) are red grapefruits.

 

And just to add... Do they even grow lemons in Ecuador?  I never see them in Mexico. 

 

The Bearss lemon tree in my front yard says "sí!"  They're peculiar to my valley, apparently - friends in other cities are amazed by what I can find in the mercado and bemoan the lack in their areas.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

There were no limes at Trader Joe's on 6th Avenue the other day, not even for ready money. And the guy at the fruit stand sort of went ballistic when I asked him if he had any limes. ("Nobody has any limes!! Nobody! Do you know how much a box of limes costs now??!?!") I commiserated. And I bought a lot of lemons.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:41 PM

Man, I got lemons in my pho too! (Over at Eden Center, where they really shouldn't be cutting such corners!). Also, which TJ's is that?

 

Whole Foods is still holding at 69 cents for pretty decent limes, or $3.99 for a bag of 8 organic yet tiny ones.

TJ in Clarendon few days ago.  Should have bought a lot since lime juice can be frozen very nicely in ice cube trays.  Oh well, will prepare myself for scurvy now.



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Posted 16 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

TJ in Clarendon few days ago.  Should have bought a lot since lime juice can be frozen very nicely in ice cube trays.  Oh well, will prepare myself for scurvy now.

 

Clarendon you say...I shuffle back and forth between Logan Circle and McLean....perhaps I will check out the new 14th and U TJs, then if no luck the West End TJs, then if not there, Clarendon...and if not there, Tysons....

 

Were they decent limes, or pathetic small ones? I've noticed in the past the TJ's bagged limes were kind of dinky. 

 

 

Sigh....not so long they were 8 for a buck at Super H Mart...



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:31 AM

I actually have some lime juice that was frozen in ice cube trays (then stored in a freezer bag). However, it seems to have lost its flavor over time.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:32 AM

Just back from the $1 store - 1 pound bag of Mexican key limes for a dollar. Bit scabby looking but not shrivelly. Juicy - who knows?



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:59 PM

I was so relieved that limes here were still only $1.50, I stocked up this afternoon.  They were nice looking, if rather small.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 04:23 PM

Only??? 



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 05:42 PM

Haven't noticed any change in prices in the UK. Limes are 30p each in the supermarket or about 7 for £1 at the market.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:28 PM

Only??? 

 

Limes had been going up almost every time I went to the store.  Thankfully these were same price as last time but they looked much better.  Enjoying one in a zombie at the moment.



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:53 PM

Haven't noticed any change in prices in the UK. Limes are 30p each in the supermarket or about 7 for £1 at the market.

 

Are yours from Mexico? Damn, 7 for a quid sounds like a steal...



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 05:13 PM

Are yours from Mexico? Damn, 7 for a quid sounds like a steal...

 

The supermarket ones are Brazilian; I'll ask at the market next time but not sure they'll know.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

I sent Mr. Shelby to the store with limes on the list to buy.  He came home lime-less.  They were a dollar a lime.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:35 PM

Oddly Whole Foods is being very un-Whole Paycheck and remains the cheapest place to get limes, cheaper even than the suburban ethnic joints. Hanging strong at 69 cents each. I suspect they were always that expensive, and they just haven't changed. Super H mart, on the other hand, used to have them for 12.5 cents each :(



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

We actually paid $1.50 each for four limes at a supermarket the other day (what can I say? we like daiquiris and margaritas and Pegu Clubs and and and . . . ). That store is still at 2/$3; a similar establishment a mile or so away has them at (the now seemingly reasonable price of) 79 cents. 

 

All from Mexico. My guess is that a few smart (or lucky) produce buyers locked in prices before the crisis, and now some producers or distributors are getting squeezed.


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 07:25 PM

I decided it was time to make falernum the other day.  Got limes 5 for $2 (needed 10 for the recipe).  After removing the zest - juiced and froze the juice in a Tavoli silicone ice cube tray.  



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:46 PM

Last night limes were still a $1.50 -- haven't gone up in a while -- but they were marble sized.  OK, an exageration, they were the size of ping pong balls.  Very pretty though.



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Posted 30 April 2014 - 04:46 AM

£1 from the market this morning (US$0.24 each). The guy had no idea where they were from but they look just the same as the Brazilian ones in the supermarket.

 

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I bought these from a cockney market stall holder; fascinating to see him speaking Urdu with the other market workers, in a cockney accent. :huh:


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:18 PM

On tour and went out walking this morning.

$1.89 each in cleveland.
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