What is with the ridiculous price of limes? Well, apparently, there’s a lime shortage in the US. I’m panicked, it’s my very favorite citrus fruit. I mean, it has so many uses; fish marinade, vinaigrettes, guacamole, flavoring for water and club soda, squeezed on top of my taco and of course, that sweet elixir of life…the Margarita!!! I mean, lime juice and tequila is as magical a combination as peanut butter and jelly!
Apparently Mexico, the leading producer of limes to the US, has had some flooding due to winter storms. They have also had a tree disease. Both of these events have compromised the lime crops. So with limited production, the price of limes has risen considerably. Now, limes are in demand in the US and Mexico and the Mexican drug cartel has been hijacking lime trucks at the border.
So, with Cinco de Mayo just days away we will not only celebrate Mexican heritage but also the fact that, if you’re lucky, you’re drinking a Margarita made with fresh squeezed lime juice, not lemon juice!
I truly do love Margaritas. But I love the good ones, the natural ones with fresh squeezed lime juice, hold the sugary mix PLEASE!! The photo above is from my wedding. After the rehearsal dinner my bridesmaids, my Mom and myself juiced limes for a really long time. The morning of my wedding I made 40 quarts of homemade Margaritas. We served them during cocktail hour in the ice sculpted lime bowl shown in the picture. They definitely got the party started!!
I even decorated with limes at the wedding, hundreds of them.