Mexican farmers happy that lime is luxury this Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2014 8:57 PM

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Nearly all the limes thumbed down Corona bottles come from Mexico, which accounts for a half-million tons of U.S. imports. And there have been a lot of theories about what caused the unusual prices, including that extortion by drug cartels in the lime-growing state of Michoacan was being passed on to customers north of the border.

But Mexican lime-growers attribute the high prices to something more mundane: bad weather. Unusually heavy rains last winter led to an outbreak of a fungus that destroyed many lime trees and reduced the national supply.

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