SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A shortage of Mexican limes has driven prices skyward and caused a shortage noticed by local margarita and guacamole fans alike.
The Orange County Register reported Saturday that a case of limes that sold for $20 a few weeks ago now goes for $105, and the fruit is increasingly hard to find at any price.READ MORE: Alec Baldwin Deletes Twitter Account After Interview On Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins
“The prices are insane,” said Dave Samuels, a Santa Ana produce importer, in an interview with the Register.
Amar Santana, a chef at his Laguna Beach eatery, said he uses a case a day for its renown margaritas, said “right now, there’s nothing we can do.”READ MORE: Drake Reportedly Withdraws 2 Grammy Nominations
Some farmers in the Mexican state of Michoacan are reportedly withholding their limes to hold out for even better prices, and a winter storm damaged crops in another part of the republic.
The Mexican lime shortage may be a boon, however, for Southern Californians lucky enough to grow their own the Orange County Register reported.MORE NEWS: Second COVID Omicron Case Confirmed In LA County
At least two restaurants in Fullerton and Costa Mesa are offering their $10 margaritas for 25 cents to customers who hand over a bag of homegrown limes.