Lime prices increase leaving Mexican restaurants to deal with bitter cost

High price blamed on shortage in Mexico

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.

"This has definitely gotten to be an outrageous situation," says Danny Herrera, a restaurant manager.

He estimates that almost 60 percent of his dishes call for some lime.

Herrera says a case of about 100 limes is usually between $20 to $30 depending on the season, but in the last 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.