Spiking lime prices threaten salsa
Limes that have been imported from Columbia are boxed at SA Mex produce on March 26, 2014 in Miami, Florida.
That's because more than 90 percent of the limes we enjoy in this country are grown and sold in Mexico, and regional violence in that country has slowed the supply of the citrus. Add to that a mild drought, a disease that some forecast will jump to fields in California and across the United States, and you have lime producers worried.
The San Antonio Express-News reports local buyers are buying cases of limes for $100 each; prices usually range from $4 - $25 per case depending on the season. Consumers, especially those enjoying limes in restaurants and bars, may end up seeing the prices passed on to their checks.
To put these prices into a bit of context, in 2014, Mexico’s minimum wage was raised, slightly, to near $5 a day. Meaning, at that rate, it would take 20 days for someone earning the minimum wage in Mexico to afford a case of limes in Texas.