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


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#61 choux

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

At least they are advertised as "Juicy"! One of my $1.49 limes yielded less than 1/2 ounce juice from the whole thing. Am off maragaritas for now.


Edited by choux, 01 May 2014 - 02:03 PM.


#62 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 02:26 PM

$1.89 each - wow.

 

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#63 Hassouni

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:50 PM

Must...check...TJ's....



#64 brinza

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:04 AM

The Mrs. got limes at Bottom Dollar the other day for $0.50 each.

 

Jo, they have Bottom Dollar stores in NJ.  Is there one near you?


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:05 PM

At least they are advertised as "Juicy"! One of my $1.49 limes yielded less than 1/2 ounce juice from the whole thing. Am off maragaritas for now.

 

Do you roll them, then microwave?  Works for me every time.  Even with really old dried up lemons and limes.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:19 PM

The Mrs. got limes at Bottom Dollar the other day for $0.50 each.

 

Jo, they have Bottom Dollar stores in NJ.  Is there one near you?

 

Bottom Dollar is not a store I've heard of.  Unfortunately I am without a vehicle and there is but one limemonger within walking distance.  I dread what the price will be this week.



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:27 PM

I hit our local Mexican Grocery store yesterday. $1.99/lb. I got 4 and they came to a dollar. They're really small, and I haven't juiced them yet, but much cheaper than a dollar each in the large chain grocery store.
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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

Some good news:

 

This week's sharp move lower comes amid increased supply from Mexico, where the majority of fruit consumed in the U.S. originates, experts said. Falling demand has also contributed to the recent easing.

Last week, Vision Import Group was selling limes for $60 to $70 for a 40-lb. box, said Raul Millan, the company's executive vice president. On Friday, prices averaged $40.

 

 

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#69 Hassouni

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:06 PM

Huzzah! Now will they be the crappy, hard, tiny limes or nice big juicy ones...



#70 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:56 PM

$2.99 tonight for three...of the tiniest little limes I'd ever seen.  (And I was glad to get them!)



#71 Shelby

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:31 AM

Much to my husband's dismay it was I that went grocery shopping yesterday.  I bought limes.  99 cents a piece.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

And...

 

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Today, at the Essex St. Market.  And they look & feel nice and juicy.


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#73 Hassouni

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 04:00 PM

When will you be in DC next, Mitch - can I place an order with you?



#74 lindag

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:28 AM

I recently purchased the EcoJeannie stainless lemon squeezer (works perfectly on limes too).  Best squeezer out there.  I replaced an older enameled model that was losing its finish.  It also did a poor job of squeezing since most of the juice squirted out the sides and onto the counter.


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#75 Toliver

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:42 AM

Saw the usual tiny key limes for sale at 89 cents each.

Then two bins over they were selling regular limes that looked to be the same size as the key limes for 79 cents each. :hmmm:



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#76 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 12:16 PM

For the last two weeks the limes here have been 4 for $1.99.  Very small ones.  And when the price first dropped the shipment of limes looked pre-owned.  I bought them anyway.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 12:19 PM

Prices are coming back.  My large case was $34 March 1.  Up to $115 April 10.  Today $38.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 04:37 PM

Sweeeet.  Though retailers are exhibiting the same sticky price syndrome that gas stations are notorious for (WF still 89 cents a pop, can't remember what H Mart is, but not that much cheaper)


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:16 PM

Update, as of today, local H Mart has 'em 5 for $1.49, and they're fair-sized and juicy! 

 

Summer drinks are BACK, baby!

 

 

(of course, last summer, they were 8 for $1, but I'll take <30 cents each now!)


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#80 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:36 PM

I got to the store today just as they were putting out new limes and lemons.  The limes were still 4 for $1.99, but at least now they looked nice, if still not very large.



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 07:57 AM

I got some a while back that were fairly good-looking, if not fairly large, but they were juiceless! 

Those that I'm seeing now are better looking, larger and feel as though they're juicy.  I'm hoping that they're on their way

back since I can't go without my Gin and Tonics.



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 06:40 PM

small ones 8 for $1 at a favorite Mexican supermarket here


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#83 choux

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:37 PM

Limes back at nearst Costco, $3.49 for a 3lb bag, probably about 20 limes. So happy.



#84 lindag

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:33 AM

Wow! 

 

Limes back at nearst Costco, $3.49 for a 3lb bag, probably about 20 limes. So happy.

 

Wow!  I just paid $7.99 for that same sized bag at my Costco.  But never mind, I'm just happy to be able to get decent limes again.

I go through a lot of them (when I can get them).



#85 rotuts

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:16 AM

bit late to this party :

 

$ 1.79  2 lbs net-pack  Market Basket MA

 

( things are much cheaper at MB, and its the same stuff as the other 3 chains in my are carry )



#86 TicTac

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:09 AM

$0.20 Cents each here (Toronto, Canada) - big and juicy, straight from Mexico.


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#87 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:01 PM

Nice large juicy ones 8 for $1.99 today.  Lowest price in months.



#88 lindag

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:52 AM

Yes, it looks like the limes are finally back.  I bought a big bag from Costco and since I really only use them for Gin & Tonics, I squeeze a whole lime into my drink (the limes are fairly small and I need to use them up before they go bad).

Sometimes the acid is a little over the top, but overall okay.

I used to take the whole bag and squeeze them into ice cube trays but I've found that over time they lose most of their flavor.



#89 scamhi

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:16 PM

this weekend limes were 7 for a dollar at my local green grocer but lemons went up to 2 for $0.79.



#90 chileheadmike

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:43 AM

I get limes at a reasonable price. I tried to buy lemons last night at our local Kroger and they were completely out. Said there is  a shortage and they could get any.


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