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What's with the lime shortage?

May 02, 2014|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

You've seen the hike in lime prices at your grocery store, and bars are feeling it, too. A disease affecting Mexican lime trees means there's less fruit, and drug cartels also have taken control of some groves. At Del Toro, a Pilsen bar that orders 10-12 cases of limes per week, Everado Garcia has seen prices increase fivefold. They've tweaked some recipes to substitute half lemon juice and half lime juice, and they've had to raise margarita prices by a dollar. "The lime prices are coming in a little cheaper, 10-20 dollars less, in the last two weeks," Garcia said, hoping that the worst of the price spike is over.

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