Lawmaker suggests 5 years in prison for stealing limes

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Better think long and hard before you raid your neighbor’s lime tree at snack time. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

A politician in Yucatán is suggesting a stiff punishment for stealing limes — up to five years in prison. 

Rep. Raúl Romero did not elaborate on whether the punishment would apply to those stealing directly from stores, or simply picking limes off others’ trees.

The proposed reform comes as the price of lime, known as limón in Yucatán, surpassed 110 pesos per kilogram.

Given the high price of lime and other citruses, several local businesses such as restaurants have begun to cut down on their use.

“Limes have become a green-gold of sorts. It’s amazing how expensive this commodity has become,” said Romero.

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The high cost of citrus is attributed to supply chains interruptions and the skyrocketing cost of fertilizer.

Other citrus fruits including mandarines, grapefruit, and oranges have also skyrocketed in cost. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Analysts claim that both of these factors are at least in part the result of the ongoing war in Ukraine

Many in Yucatán keep lime trees in their backyards for their personal use. But since this fruit requires lots of water, it is difficult to keep plants producing year-round. 

Limes are extremely popular in Yucatán and their juice is often added to all sorts of dishes including tacos and snacks like charritos and churritos

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