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Not so sweet: Rains wipe out Mexico's lime crop

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Updated: 3/27 1:40 pm
By Omar Lewis
NBC News

AUSTIN, Texas — You may notice some changes the next time you order a meal from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Lime prices have skyrocketed, forcing some restaurants to deal with the bitter reality by cutting costs.

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"This has definitely gotten to be an outrageous situation," says restaurant manager Danny Herrera. "Almost 60 percent of our dishes call for some sort of lime."

Herrera says a case of about 100 limes is usually between $20 to $30, depending on the season, but in the past few weeks the cost has tripled.

The Texas Department of Agriculture says the average cost of limes are about 53 cents each, which is more than double the cost from a year ago. They say the reason behind the price jump is because of a shortage in limes from Mexico.

"Unfortunately Mexico had some severe rains and it nearly wiped out the crop, and we are having supply and demand right now," says Bryan Black with the Texas Department of Agriculture.
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