By Australian Associated Press
Published: 06:12 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 06:12 GMT, 21 November 2020
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)
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,