Top

blog

Stories

 

Mexican Restaurants Now Charging Customers for Limes in Wake of Massive Price Hikes

Thumbnail image for limecut.jpg
Green gold
So there I was at a local taquería, ready to chow down on four tacos al pastor, when I noticed something was missing: a lime wedge.

As I wrote last week, the wholesale price of a 40-pound case of limes from Mexico--where the vast majority of limes bought in the U.S. are grown--is reaching unprecedented levels due to chaos south of the border caused by the drug wars (although the Mexican government is putting the blame on a plague). When I wrote the post, a case cost $90; on Saturday, a local restauranteur tweeted a photo of a case costing $105. I warned in my post that customers would be feeling the pinch soon, as limes help Mexican food reach its heights from the taco to guacamole to ceviches and more.

Back to the missing lime wedge. I asked the taquero what was going on, and he said he'd give me one--but he'd have to charge me extra.

The price wasn't TOO exorbitant--a dime--but it got me to do an informal survey of tacos in SanTana. Of the 5 places I visited, none had yet begun to charge--but they were only giving out lime wedges upon request.

"The price for limes is just too much right now," said one restauranteur, who requested anonymity. "I feel bad not giving something we've always given out for free--but all those limones start affecting your bottom line after a while."

Customers so far have been understanding, since the price of limes is also affecting Mexican households. Prices aren't expected to drop for a while, unfortunately. "We're all chingados together," another taquero said with a bitter laugh.

Moral of the story? Start growing limes in your backyard--and erect barbed wire around it lest hordes of Mexicans start invading your house next year, desperate for a squeeze of that sweet, sweet lime...

Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook! And don't forget to download our free Best Of App here!

My Voice Nation Help
45 comments
Eli Verduzco
Eli Verduzco

Take a deep breath and relax just grow a lemon tree y pedo resuelto lol. We need rain that's all. Play your drum and pray for rain. I'm just sayin que no?

Wendy Isis Ava
Wendy Isis Ava

Oh yeah. I heard about the cartel war fucking with lines lol well. Time to go to Home Depot and buy me a lime drink

Felipe Silerio
Felipe Silerio

yeah, i read something alike... but i am still confused, because i have always seen green "lemons"... i need to research a little more

Jose Moreno
Jose Moreno

Lemons are one color & limes are a different color. I'm only helping that much.

Jose Moreno
Jose Moreno

Ha, I have a lime tree in my yard. $5 per lime foo's!!!

Juan Gomez
Juan Gomez

In cancun, it's all over the news...

Armando Martínez
Armando Martínez

I agree with the conclusion. Every house needs its own lime tree.

AJ Sarabia
AJ Sarabia

I was just at the grocery store in Texas and limes are still 5 for $1.00.

Felipe Silerio
Felipe Silerio

Wait, are those called limes? i thought they were lemons

Lynda Bergan
Lynda Bergan

Oh well... I put that #&*% on everything... :) it's my salt, dressing, seasoning, etc...

Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez

Eat lemons or plastic squeeze limes juice.

Linda Delarosa Miller
Linda Delarosa Miller

No wonder Super King was out of limes & they usually have 'em by the TON for 10 cents.

Raul Juarez
Raul Juarez

Maaaaaan, they were $3 lb at the damn market

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

Good thing I have two different types of limes in my property. Plus 23 other citrus trees full of fruit. I live in Southern California and everyone has citrus trees in my area of Southern California. There's miles and miles of trees and no one to pick them. I put a box by my mailbox and put a FREE sign and yet no one gets any. Across the street, they had to cut down the lemon tree because the branches were so full of lemons and I went and got 45 bags of lemons and gave them to the Mexican food place I go too and wanted to pay me for him and told them that they could really use them. Besides, citrus trees don't need that much water and do better in Sandy Soil and there is a cycle in growing fruit or vegetables. Every other year we have too much and a few years like this there there us a higher demand and less fruit. Grapes and lettuce need plenty of water.

Scott Linck
Scott Linck

Reason for this is the FDA stopping 25 trucks coming over from Mexico and sending them back that were full of limes.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Noticed they were $3 a pound at El Super this morning, normally 2lbs for $1.

Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez

Rappers will be rapping on sippin' dranks with key limes.

Ariana Hill
Ariana Hill

Nathaniel LaPointe we should start growing these

Khristina Avalos
Khristina Avalos

Instead of bringing a flask you'll have to bring you're own baggie of limes. Lol

JoEse Gloria
JoEse Gloria

My mom has a lemon tree and already she's seen less lemons on it because the neighbors are helping themselves.... -_-

Dio Colindres
Dio Colindres

No Mexican restaurant for me then, I can cook very well my own Mexican food.

John Juan Adams
John Juan Adams

Mox Nix. Was paying for packets of mustard in Germany. The owner/operators have to make a fair profit. I understand they don't want to do this. When I go to my little la fonda o el restaurante I will understand. Sorry but the water where limes comes from does NOT go to LA. That is more up the 395 and into the Owens Valley area. The drought in the San Joaquin Valley is due to LACK OF RAIN--not water going to LA.

MeToo
MeToo

This explains why I got lemon wedges with my chicken soft tacos the other day!

Temo Gonzalez
Temo Gonzalez

I just wait till they drop in price in the meantime I've been using lemons not the same but better than nothing, I refuse to pay high prices on limes.

Don Gotti
Don Gotti

$90/case, I can't blame them. Thanks, Mexican drug war!

Justo Rodriguez
Justo Rodriguez

That's why everyones using Lime jokes. Te cambio mi Ferrari por un arbor de limones! Te cambio mi mansion por una bolsa de limones.

Jesus Archuleta
Jesus Archuleta

not here in San Antonio but you can blame this to the drought in California if they are that's what happens when all the water goes to LA rather then the farmers

MeToo
MeToo

You should have read the story. You missed the best part where it said, " Mexico--where the vast majority of limes bought in the U.S. are grown" But what do facts matter when there hating to do!

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...