You may have noticed that the prices of limes have jumped recently.
The prices are twice what they were just days before, says Mariana Oliver, owner of Marioli, 18730 Tuscany Stone near Stone Oak Parkway.
But what can you do? she asks. Lime is an essential ingredient in Mexican food. It’s used in everything from spritzing on top of a tortilla soup or making a margarita.
During a recent visit to a supermarket, prices of key limes had risen to $3.98 for a two-pound bag, up from $1.98 just a few weeks ago while Persian limes were three for $1, up from five or sometimes 10 for a dollar.
One reason, according to FreshFruitPortal.com, is that more than 150 Mexican growers suspended exports to the United States to protest the U.S.’s rejection of previous fruit shipments that had been determined to have have the disease sweet orange scab.
“The groups halted shipments Dec. 13, the day that the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed lime shipments to resume under stricter rules to ensure that the fruit does not have the disease,” the article says. “César Cortés Bello, director of Mexico’s lime growers and exporters council, said the group was preparing a report accusing the U.S. of violating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said that 49 containers were blocked, causing losses of 500 million Mexican Pesos (US $40.3 million).
” ‘We will stop sending limes for one or two weeks, even though it will affect our farms, but if we don’t, the United States will always keep us down,’ he is quoted as saying.”