How Bad is Mexico's Lime Crisis? People are Picking them Prematurely in Mad Dash for Cash

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Late last week, the rest of the United States media finally started picking up what we first brook two weeks ago: that Mexico is going through a lime crisis that has cartels stealing limes from farmers, that has restaurants paying $100+ for a 40-pound case of limes that usually cost $15, and that has consumers paying around $3.50 a pound for limes when they were paying a dollar for three pounds last year.

And the lime crisis is only going to get worse. Sources tell the Weekly that, due to the exploding black market in limes, locals are now breaking into farms and getting tiny ones nowhere near ready for sale.

"This lime situation is not going to get any better," says our source, who requested anonymity but is in a position to know what's up with the lime industry. "Mexico is having a lot of issues with the locals stealing premature product of the trees not allowing time for the limes to grow into bigger sizes. This is madness."

And, of course, not letting the limes grow means that we'll be paying higher prices for an inferior product. Yay, globalization!

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fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I think when Toby Keith sings about "tequila and a slice of lime" from now on it may cause panic attacks for some...

Laura Grayson
Laura Grayson

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ just like the "tequila crisis" Can you say MONEY? SMH!

TILLIST
TILLIST

You're totally right. Fallbrook is actually home to a few farms that grow limes. The best way to support them is to head out to your local farmers market :)

Joe Aguilar
Joe Aguilar

Why doesn't the US just increase their own production of limes? I don't understand why we're so dependent on MX for a fruit that could be grown here..

Greg Ridge
Greg Ridge

I get them from my neighbor....the Tequila and Rum are imported. The mint for my mojitos grows everywhere.

Pavla Dlab
Pavla Dlab

Limes were grown at the Marcy Ranch in Tustin, and were packed by J.A. Prescott Ranch Market on El Camino (also in Tustin) early-mid century. Marcy's ranch was then redeveloped into what's now known as Peacock Hill—which most people don't realize is because Marcy ranch had peacocks!

ourfrank
ourfrank

NO LIMES AT HOLE MOLE ONLY LEMONS NOW

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

We don't think limes were ever grown in OC...oranges and lemons for sure, though!

Ricky Perez
Ricky Perez

those damn key lime bushes have a shitload of thorns!

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

David Leiva how are you able to put that picture on the text response. The tacos sure look good...

Jim Alvarez
Jim Alvarez

I still have a few hundred on my trees still needing to be picked and my lemon tress with Eureka Lemons are also just hanging. Ready for picking. I gave two full bags to my favorite Hamburger place because they are Latinos and very nice owners and one of the cleanest fast food places I've been too. They wanted to give me a free meal and just said thank you, but you can use them because they are going to spoil if they done get picked.

scr1esq
scr1esq

Good thing Rachel has a lime tree!



Tony Moreno
Tony Moreno

I'll sacrifice and drink my tequila with some sprite hold the lime

Luke Armstrong
Luke Armstrong

My lime tree has been getting raped from my front yard.

Karina Vazquez
Karina Vazquez

Yep its pretty bad some people dont realize how much we use it on a daily basis

Candice Martinez
Candice Martinez

I need to plant a Lime and Avocado tree asap, so I dont have pay the prices down the line problems solved

Carlos Mendez
Carlos Mendez

Going to make it tough to make my Casadores with Squirt this keeps up!!

Violet Valencia
Violet Valencia

We'll be ok... mostly everyone grows their own anyway.

Ben Jester
Ben Jester

David Neffew, better stock up while you can.

Ralph Topete
Ralph Topete

I wonder what the ripple effect will be on Corona sales... hmmmmm???

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