Lime Prices Skyrocket

Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – What do key lime pies, guacamole, and margaritas all have in common? They’re all getting more expensive.

And it’s because of limes.

At the Soulard Farmers Market, vendor George Inserra says he’s never seen anything like it.

“It’s been about a month that limes have been outrageous,” he says. “They’re priced to where you can hardly afford them. They’re almost $75 a case, which, to put in perspective, should normally be about $18.”

He says he won’t even buy them right now because to make a profit, he’d have to sell them at more than 50 cents a lime. And that’s for a pretty small piece of fruit.

Inserra says he doesn’t know why they’re so expensive. Most limes come from Mexico, and vendors there are saying the weather has produced a really small crop this year. But Inserra says he’s not sure if that’s true.

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