You're Going to Pay More for Guacamole this Cinco de Mayo--A Lot More

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More green gold...
As Cinco de Mayo approaches, be prepared to pay more for your guacamole than you ever have--a lot more.

As we've been saying for over a month (and the first ones in the English-language media, mind you), lime prices have been skyrocketing due to the fact that 95 percent of limes sold in the United States are grown in Mexico--and we know what a paragon of peace THAT country is right now. But how bad is the crisis? There's such a shortage of limes being sold up here that the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't even bothering to provide quotes for cases of limes right now--unprecedented.

And it's only going to get worse.

According to an article in The Packer, the bible of the produce-selling industry, lime prices are expected to increase further through Cinco de Mayo due to a shortage in the crop and a traditional resting period around Easter for the lime growers. Limes, of course, are a crucial yet overlooked ingredient for guac.

And the same is true for avocados, another industry plagued by drug cartels: prices are higher than last year but have yet to hit the stunning costs of limes. Avocados, of course, are THE ingredient for guacamole.

"I think we'll be able to supply promotions, but they definitely won't be loss-leader-type promotions," one grower told The Packer. "After Easter, can we get inventories to supply the market quickly enough? Yes, we can, but we'll have to pay pretty good money for them."

Moral of the story? Be like a Mexican already and grow your own damn avocado and lime trees. And stay up all night with a shotgun to ensure your neighbors don't steal them...

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Mick Slick
Mick Slick

We Irish like our potatoes-good thing too, since no one else can stand them :)

RSMKEN
RSMKEN

Heck just use Realime juice! Not my favorite, but a lot less expensive than limes right now. And lets face it, in a guac or mixed drink, who's going to know!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Production will just shift to other countries. Including the U.S.


Now if the cartel can just make tequila prices go up tenfold the roads might be a little bit safer on May 5th.

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

Noticed at Ralphs they're now selling Chilean avocados. Hmm...

scoryell1
scoryell1

oh well, maybe just use lemon instead?

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I noticed a sign at the Mother's Market (Costa Mesa location) juice bar that they do not have limes.  I haven't been in the market to buy limes for awhile so I haven't noticed this anywhere else or what the prices are but I'll be on the lookout next time I grocery shop.

Brennan King Cane
Brennan King Cane

Avocados have been cheap this year up til now. When I first moved to California, in season they were 5 for a dollar (yes, I'm old). I saw 2 for a dollar this year though this year. Lemon is just as good with avocado as lime.

Ben Mendoza
Ben Mendoza

you think people will pay more? come on. watch what will happen. people will just stop buying products utilizing avocados. law of supply and demand. prices dictate demand, so supply will go up. I know most restaurants and bars I have frequented in the last two weeks no longer have limes or avocados available. Just lemons, and avocado is now an extra dollar or two where before it was included on the plate.

Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez

Make the gringos pay for it since it's a corporate marketing holiday deal not a real mexican holiday. Most gringos don't even know the meaning of cinco de mayo. Foolios.

Vynce Leo
Vynce Leo

We've already got OUR "green" gold

FocoYou FocoMe
FocoYou FocoMe

I know that's why I make sure to be nice to my neighbors...I need them for the ceviche

Marc Plainguet
Marc Plainguet

I rarely buy avocados thanks to the huge avocado tree in my backyard.

R. Vanessa Alvarado
R. Vanessa Alvarado

Unless your momma has a tree in her backyard next to the mango and the platano.

Daniel Castor
Daniel Castor

Real Mexicans don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo. just another marketing tool for beer companies to cater to white people

Ralph Topete
Ralph Topete

I'll wait a month or so for other news outlets to report... Maybe by then I'll be prepared for this news!

Mario Peregrino
Mario Peregrino

Man when I leave Koreatown and have enough space I'm definitely growing an Avocado tree!

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