Are you being sold a lemon? Why prices of the popular citrus have skyrocketed

Are you being sold a lemon? Why prices of the popular citrus have skyrocketed to cost up to $2.50 each after a 'perfect storm' The price of lemons in Australia has rocketed to more than $2.50 each recently  The item is an essential ingredient for festive deserts, drinks and seafood   Citrus industry said multiple factors were combining to drive up the price  

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 06:12 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 06:12 GMT, 21 November 2020

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A 'perfect storm' of conditions is resulting in the price of lemons surging to $2.50 each.  

Supermarket prices have skyrocketed to $13.80kg - just as party season gets underway - where the fruit is a must-have for seafood platters and celebratory drinks. 

The four-fold increase in prices is, according to the citrus industry, a result of multiple factors including a poor exchange rate, the global coronavirus pandemic and that it's off-season for lemons. 

Shoppers could be dealing with shortage of lemons in the lead up to the holiday season (stock image)

Shoppers could be dealing with shortage of lemons in the lead up to the holiday season (stock image) 

Citrus Australia chair, Ben Cant, says a range of factors, all at the same time, have formed a perfect storm to drive up prices.

The bulk of Australia's lemons are grown in winter, due to climate and growing conditions. So to make up the shortfall in other seasons,

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