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

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

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

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

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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).

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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 )

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


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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.

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

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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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I bought these this morning

 

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They are from Vietnam ( I live near the Vietnam-China border) and cost the equivalent of $1.60 per kilo. These eight cost me 48 cents.

 

 
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10 for $1.99.  I just got almost 2 ounces of juice from one half lime.  (That's half of one lime.)  And they don't come from Vietnam.  (Not that I have anything against limes from Vietnam.)  Actually I'm not sure where these limes come from, but I hope they will send more.

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Price tonight was 6/$1.99 but there were none.  None.  Not even one.  I think that qualifies as a shortage.  At least they had mint.

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The price of limes doubled since yesterday, but at least tonight the store had limes to sell.  A total of seventeen limes, of which I purchased three.

 

And those three were almost worth my life as I fell down an embankment in the mud trying to get there.

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Oops!

 

Jo, I hope you weren't seriously hurt on your quest for limes.

 

I have none in the house at the moment so will be on my own quest shortly.

 

The prices are pretty reasonable around here at the moment: 5/$1.00.

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Fortunately I am just a little sore, thanks.  It was foolish of me to try to climb down a muddy embankment in the dark.

 

On the other hand, so far I've sacrificed two limes tonight.

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Since I cannot be without limes EVER, I panicked at the grocery store and bought three more very large limes.  The store had loads of them so I don't know what's up with talk of a shortage.  But I'll sleep better tonight knowing that I'm stocked up - can't have cocktail hour without my gin and tonic.

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The store had loads of them so I don't know what's up with talk of a shortage.

 

It's a vast conspiracy on the part of the lime growers' association to get you to buy all their limes.

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I seem to recall my local store sold out of limes last year about this time.  Maybe I will check tomorrow.  The other night they had seventeen limes, as mentioned, but they were out of lemons.

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