Between a long drought, a severe heat wave last summer and heavy rains this winter, California’s avocado supply isn’t looking good this year, which means your avocado toast and guacamole is about to get even more expensive.
“We lost fruit that would have sized up to be this year’s crop,” Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the California Avocado Commission, a trade group for avocado growers, told the Los Angeles Times.
You might have already noticed the cost of avocados jump at the grocery store.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average avocado price nationally last week was $1.25, a significant jump from $1.14 last year and 94 cents in May 2016.
While California is the leading avocado producer in the U.S., most avocados sold here are grown in Mexico. However, farmers there “are also suffering in a similar fashion and are sending fewer boxes to the border,” according to Produce Express, a produce supplier in California.
So how bad is this shortage?
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