Cinco De Oh No! Lime shortage might ruin your night of drinking and vomiting

by 5 years ago
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It’s amazing that the world is completely up to date with unnecessary news like the White House Correspondents Dinner while actual, important news goes unreported.

Well, it was reported, but it wasn’t important until Cinco De Today-O — the world is in the throngs of a lime shortage!

That we mentioned back in March hasn’t abated much. While the price has dropped a bit from its peak a couple weeks ago of $139 for a 40-pound box of limes, bartenders around the country are reporting that the same boxes now go for around $115 a piece. Those boxes hold 110 limes and used to cost around $40 before the shortage began.Meanwhile, the average price of a single lime for the week ending May 2 was $0.54, compared with $0.30 a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The reason for the shortage? Mexico hates us all of us. Well, they like Anthony Bourdain, but they hate the rest of America. Fine, Mexico doesn’t hate us but Mother Nature hates our neighbor below the boarder.

About 98% of limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico and heavy rains late last year hurt the crops. In Colima, one of the largest lime-producing states in Mexico, a bacterium known as citrus greening disease is killing hundreds of lime trees.

This is terrible news. All of these drinks are ruined. RUINED!

Guess it’s time to go back to chugging good ol’ rubbing alcohol.

The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita [NPR]

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