Lime, the little fruit that causes some to pucker, is causing that same reaction when consumers look at the price lately.
"The price of limes has been crazy," Casa De Oro owner Enrique Torres said.
Torres owns Casa De Oro in North Spokane. He said he's squeezing out hundreds of dollars each week on limes to keep the restaurant running.
"You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and order a margarita or beer without the lime," he said.
Torres just put in a $150 order Tuesday for a case of 140 limes.
"Like four months ago they were $20 a case," Torres said.
It's going to be an expensive week for the restaurant, with their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up on Saturday. Torres said they'll need up to six cases of limes for Cinco de Mayo alone.
"It's going to be $700 for the limes," he said.
At grocery stores, customers are seeing the same thing. Limes that usually only cost a couple dimes are now pushing a dollar. Some stores haven't even had them because of the shortage.