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Lime Shortage
tabuzak
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Joined: Apr 07, 2005
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From: New York City
Posted: 2014-04-08 10:39 am   Permalink

This is terrible.

But, trying to make the most of the situation, I am learning more drink recipes that don't use limes.

I don't think we will ever find a suitable substitute for a good fresh lime.

This will pass.



 
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wizzard419
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Posts: 298
Posted: 2014-04-08 11:54 am   Permalink

That disaster will pass, but there is the very real threat of huánglóngběng looming on the horizon. Think of it like HIV for citrus, new cultivars are in the works but as there is no way to stop the spread of the disease, you may end up seeing shortages while things change over.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2014-04-09 4:38 pm   Permalink




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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-09 5:35 pm   Permalink

Grab the biggest ones H10!

 
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TikiHardBop
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Joined: Feb 21, 2009
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2014-04-09 5:56 pm   Permalink

It always seems to me that the smaller ones have more juice...

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2014-04-09 8:07 pm   Permalink

I’m no expert but I always like the plump, smooth skinned bright green ones. “Superior” market in La Mirada, California has em at 2.99 a pound. i bought 4 nice ones for 1.55.
After I finished my 2nd Mai Tai I wished I had bought more.
Cheers


 
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KrakenHunterSteve
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Posted: 2014-04-09 8:20 pm   Permalink

It's the heavier ones that have more juice.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2014-04-10 06:29 am   Permalink

Choose your citrus, limes especially by their complexion and size. You want to get the biggest and smoothest ones. The more wrinkled and mottled the skin, the thicker the skin and the less juice.
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2014-04-10 07:30 am   Permalink

Give'em a little squeeze too!

If they feel really firm or hard, they are going to be 'dry.'

If they give a little bit, they will have more juice.

If they feel really soft, give them a sniff because they may be about to go bad. And one lime going bad will turn the whole bowl bad in really short order.

Oh, and aim for the lighter colored limes. The darker the green, the younger the fruit.
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cvcgolf
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Joined: Dec 29, 2010
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Posted: 2014-04-11 1:43 pm   Permalink

25 cents each at Walmart today which was nice.. Not a huge pile to choose from but better then 69 cents at my local Sprouts which was the price last week..

 
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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2014-04-11 8:21 pm   Permalink

There's a Lime Shortage in America, And the Reason Is Straight Out of a 'Breaking Bad' Episode

http://www.policymic.com/articles/87037/there-s-a-national-lime-shortage-in-america-and-we-can-blame-mexico-s-drug-cartels

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CincyTikiCraig
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-04-12 5:55 pm   Permalink

Here in Cincinnati its tiny limes for a lot of coin:





 
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CincyTikiCraig
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-04-12 6:03 pm   Permalink

Here in Cincinnati its tiny limes for a lot of coin:





 
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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2014-04-12 6:41 pm   Permalink

Just paid $13 for limes just to make a batch of margaritas. Normally would have cost me $2. $3.99 a pound here instead of 25 cents each.

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2014-04-13 4:13 pm   Permalink

Getting higher:


 
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