Prices for limes increase due to shortage across United States

Restaurants pay nearly double for a case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Anything with lime in it, Erin Wells is digging into. That goes for food and drinks.

“I drink margaritas, coronas, I think that the limes are a big deal with the drinks."

But the popular citrus fruit has been hard to grow this season because of rain and bacteria getting in the crops.

Some restaurants around town have to squeeze out almost double the price for a case because of a shortage across the United States.

U.S. stores are charging an average of 53 cents for one lime, compared to 21 cents last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos said the lime is an integrate part of his business.

"We go through about twenty cases a week and there's about a hundred limes in each case, so that's about 2,000 limes."

Bars at City Place, like Mojito Bar and Grill use limes in their drinks, and guacamole.

Staff said they’ve seen prices rise just over the last several months.

Luis Asturias, Executive Chef with Mojito Bar and Grill said, ”First it was $60 and then it just went to $80, but I recall last year, it was at least 25 dollars a case."

But customers, like Wells, will appreciate knowing that neither place will alter their recipes or raise their prices any time soon.