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Lime Shortage
CincyTikiCraig
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 368
From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-03-29 9:42 pm   Permalink

I bought limes here in Cincinnati last Saturday at Kroger (owners of Ralphs for you West Coasters) for 3/$1. Today, a mere week later, I went to three different Krogers and didn't find any limes at all. I finally found small limes at a green grocer priced 70 cents each. I bought a bunch because it's Saturday and I've gotta get my Tiki on, but man what a kick in the head.

 
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GentleHangman
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Joined: Jun 23, 2006
Posts: 464
From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2014-03-30 11:25 am   Permalink



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AceExplorer
Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-03-30 2:11 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-29 16:28, Loki-Tiki wrote:
...I picked up three bags, to squeeze and freeze.
...they had lime trees there too! So for long term piece of mind, I picked one of those up too...The juice must flow!



Bravo, Loki-Tiki! Squeeze-and-freeze works well. Growing your own rocks!

"Have limes - will travel, er, will TIKI!"


 
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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 450
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-03-30 2:45 pm   Permalink

From the articles this is a Mexican lime shortage?

Most limes in the UK are from Brazil, if this was a Brazillian shortage I would be miffed! I rarely see Mexican limes but when I do they are tougher & in less well condition. I buy them & make something with tequila

I suppose the thing to do cut back on the lime drinks? Branch out to lemon?

Blue Hawaiis, Dons Own Planters, Hurricanes, London Sours, Painkillers, Saturns & Tradewinds are all good too!


 
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wizzard419
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Joined: Jul 10, 2013
Posts: 275
Posted: 2014-03-30 2:56 pm   Permalink

It will most likely affect your prices too since the demand will pull on Brazilian farms which in turn will make the UK have to either spend more or end up with no limes.

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1268
From: Calgary
Posted: 2014-03-31 5:23 pm   Permalink



77 cents per lime. Not a terrible price for up here, but I'm used to 33 cents each.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1147
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-03-31 10:15 pm   Permalink



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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5060
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2014-04-01 07:11 am   Permalink

Nellie and Joe's Key Lime is not a good sub for Persian Lime. It works in a pinch, but not equal. You have to use less.

My advice stands: Go to the natural foods section or whatever they call it and find the organic lime juice bottled. I have used it for a while as a back-up and always for the lemon as I don't keep lemons on hand usually. Stock up now as even this stuff will go sky high once the shelf stock turns.

I also found some HUGE lemons in the organic food market. They were 99 cents, but each produced over 2 ounces of juice, so it was a deal.
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1147
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-04-01 1:00 pm   Permalink

Hey Swanky,
I’m gonna take your tip and try some soon.
I have a 4 yr old dwarf persian lime tree that cannot keep up with my demand. When I’m expecting guests I buy my citrus at “ethnic “ Super’s but they’re also getting a bit expensive.
Mahalo


 
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CincyTikiCraig
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 368
From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-04-03 7:26 pm   Permalink

The lime situation in these parts is better this week. Kroger has plenty of big limes priced 2/99 cents.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 1147
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-04-03 9:01 pm   Permalink

3 summers ago I was getting em at a local produce stand at 6 lb’s for a dollar.
2 summers ago they were 3 lb’s for a dollar.
Last summer they were 69 cents a pound.
Hasn’t slowed my Mai Tai comsumption one bit.
Cheers


 
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Kill Devil
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Joined: Feb 16, 2011
Posts: 265
From: Chicago
Posted: 2014-04-08 07:46 am   Permalink

While scouring past threads, I've seen various Lime substitutes posted here(half lime concentrate, half fresh lemon, Kiwi,Rose's, etc). My question is: Is there something that can be added to lemons to make them more...lime-like? Bitters of some type? Also would you advise to scale lemon juice up, down, or keep the same amounts as lime juice in a drink recipe?

 
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arriano
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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1298
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-08 08:59 am   Permalink

Is the lime scare over? I noticed yesterday that Rubio's is stocking limes again at its salsa bar (they'd been using lemons instead for a few weeks).


 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
Posts: 1379
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2014-04-08 10:00 am   Permalink

It's still going on.




 
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lunavideogames
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Joined: May 09, 2012
Posts: 1205
From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-08 10:16 am   Permalink

My friend from TJ says that in Mexico they do not distinguish between lemons and limes. They call them citrus and interchange them in all of their drinks and foods. That may be why Rubios used lemons, they may not have been able to find limes but that is just speculation.

I still have not found a great source here in SD, but I feel like we may get them first since we are so close. I think the shortage will last a couple more months at least.


 
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