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Lime Shortage
swizzle
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Joined: Jun 03, 2007
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From: Melbourne,Australia
Posted: 6 days ago; 12:56 am   Permalink

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On 2016-05-16 04:53, mikehooker wrote:
Curious what the typical wage difference is between US and Austrailia. Many States in America still have a minimum wage sitting around $7-8 an hour whereas I'm betting Oz is quite significantly higher than that. I'd imagine that translates to much higher pay in skilled professions as well. Just wondering how impactful that is when it comes to your seemingly high cost of limes and booze. Perhaps it's an unfair comparison if your earned dollars are twice that of ours.

Where does your citrus come from? Do you have native breeds or do they come from CA or Mexico?



Whilst that might be true in some states if you do a comparison of Melbourne with L.A. and S.F
here you'll see that the figures are quite similar for certain things and in others there can be quite a difference, both in your favour and sometimes mine, depending on what it is.

The limes come from Queensland and that $1 cost is about 72 cents U.S. with the currency conversion at the time of writing. So that is close to the 69 cents that both HopeChest and Swanky have seen them for BUT that is on the expensve side for you guys and cheap for us because they are in season. When they are not in season and are $3.00 each (and can be even more) that is about $2.72U.S, so even when they are at their cheapest here that is more than what you pay when they are at their most expensive for you guys. That is a massive difference when incomes are similar.

And if you want to understand the reason why booze costs us so much then you might want to read this. You may be able to understand that better than i do.

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On 2016-05-19 23:19, nui 'umi 'umi wrote:

This next tip might be common knowledge. With the half lime cut side down I make a half inch cut in the unsqueezed lime.




Not common knowledge to me David. I actually saw a bartender do that not to long ago, make a slice in the lime lengthwise before slicing it in half. I asked him why he did that and he said the lime shell splits easier in the squeezer and you get more juice out of it. Guess that makes sense but i always forget to do it anyway.

And i've also never tried squeezing the two shells together a second time. Going to make a few drinks tonight so i'll give it a go.


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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 1736
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 6 days ago; 07:52 am   Permalink

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On 2016-05-19 10:42, mikehooker wrote:
Ace you need to give tips on growing a hefty producing lime tree. We planted one 3 years ago and it hasn't given us a single fruit. Will check to see if there's a thread here already. If not, you should start one cuz your home grown limes look yummy.



Good idea, but I'm not sure there's much to share, I'll give it some thought though. Basically it's a combination of where you live and your weather, plus a hefty amount of luck with the particular tree you buy. My medium sized tree is thriving and producing lots of big fruit every fall, and I can already see little dime-sized and nickel-sized limes all over the tree now, so this fall looks very promising. But I have another tree which is younger and has only produced about 10 limes to-date in its short 3-year life. I'm giving this tree another two years though, as sometimes young trees may focus on growth over fruit when they're young.

Ultimately, you may want to consider a second tree from a different nursery and see how it goes. And the variety of lime makes a difference too -- I chose Persian lime trees based on Jeff Berry's recommendations.

I definitely "squeeze & freeze" for the off-season when spur-of-the-moment drink needs arise, or when you don't want to make a run to the store for fresh limes. Nothing is as good as fresh squeezed, but in a pinch my frozen juice is 100% pure and has not been pasteurized.


 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 6 days ago; 07:55 am   Permalink

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On 2016-05-20 07:52, AceExplorer wrote:
Good idea, but I'm not sure there's much to share, I'll give it some thought though.



Let me add that twice a year I fertilize my trees with citrus-formulated fertilizer. I also spray organic soap and oil as needed to keep leaf curl spiders away, and I water regularly. Also, my best tree is in direct sunlight, something which I was not able to do for my younger tree which is underperforming.


 
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