#US: #Avocados Are Pricey And It's The Pits

(NPR) — There's a simple explanation for expensive avocados.

“We have the highest or the strongest demand for avocados in the U.S., probably ever,” says David Magaña, a senior horticulture analyst.

Increased U.S. demand (thanks a lot, avocado toast) and a decreased California crop have nearly doubled the price of the green fruits. Restaurants are feeling the shortage; some are faking the guac.

In Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood, El Tepeyac Cafe uses loads of avocados for its delicious homemade guacamole. In fact, it goes through about 50 boxes of the fruit every week. Operations manager Bernadette Thom says the restaurant has no choice but to pay more.

There's a simple explanation for expensive avocados, says David Magaña, a senior horticulture analyst in Fresno, Calif., with RaboResearch: “We have the highest or the strongest demand for avocados in the U.S., probably ever.”

Source: NPR, full story

 

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