The Lime shortage
Drought, disease and even drug-cartel violence plagued this year's lime crop in Mexico, driving up prices to four and five times the usual amount per carton. To stay afloat, restaurants that use an abundance of limes, like Mexican restaurants, employed a variety of tactics, including raising prices, substituting lemons or simply eating the cost. Some restaurants in California were even asking residents to donate limes from their backyard gardens to the tune of a free drink. Take a deeper look at the way chefs handled the crisis here. Luckily, it seems like the crisis has been averted.