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Lime Shortage Affecting Several Local Restaurants, Bars

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The mighty lime is demanding quite a price these days.

"Just a few weeks ago they traded for about $38-$39 a box...now they are going for like $120! They've tripled in price," says Chris Mills with Bonanza Produce.

And he's not the only one who's noticed the price hike.

Duncan Mitchell at Chapel Tavern in Reno says at nearly a $1 a lime, he's certainly noticed. "It does cost us more. But we aren't really changing any of our recipes. We're eating the loss. We have drinks and food here that people expect and we aren't going to pass on an increase like that."

And in a restaurant like Bertha Miranda's in Reno, limes are a mainstay. "You have to have fresh lime juice for margaritas and for a lot of our recipes," says Freddie Miranda. "You can't make a real margarita like it should be made without about two limes worth of juice," he says as he mixes his magic at the bar on Mill Street in Reno.

"And in the kitchen we need it for the civiche and for so many other things we make every day. We go through about two boxes of these limes in a week. And for Cinco de Mayo this next week we'll go through 4 or 5 boxes! We aren't changing our recipes or changing prices, we are just eating the loss. I mean, it's always something. Last time it was avocados and eventually we had to raise the price of the guacamole. But with this we are trying to ride it out."

"A lot of this is from the weather back in January and February when the storms blew the blossoms off of the lime plants in Mexico where the majority of the limes we get come from," says Chris Mills. But now there are a lot of other unexpected countries contributing limes like Ecuador so it's easing the crunch and we expect the prices to come down pretty close to normal by the end of May."

Not quite in time for Cinco de Mayo but in time for summer.

Written by Erin Breen
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