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Restaurants feel the pinch after severe rains wipe out Mexico's lime crop

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(KXAN) You may notice some changes the next time you order a meal from your favorite Mexican restaurant. Lime prices have skyrocketed, forcing some restaurants to deal with the bitter reality by cutting costs.

"This has definitely gotten to be an outrageous situation," says restaurant manager Danny Herrera. "Almost 60 percent of our dishes call for some sort of lime."

Herrera says a case of about 100 limes is usually between $20-$30 depending on the season, but in the last few weeks the cost has tripled.

The Texas Department of Agriculture says the average cost of limes are about $.53 cents each, which is more than double the cost from a year ago. They say the reason behind the price jump is because of a shortage in limes from Mexico.

"Unfortunately Mexico had some severe rains and it nearly wiped out the crop, and we are having

supply and demand right now," says Bryan Black with The Texas Department of Agriculture.

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