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Valley businesses affected by high cilantro prices

Valley businesses affected by high cilantro prices
3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago Saturday, June 22 2024 Jun 22, 2024 June 22, 2024 6:45 PM June 22, 2024 in News - Local

With a recent spike in cilantro prices, one McAllen restaurant has had to scale back.

Tortas La Central owner Catalina Isidoro said her tacos use a lot of cilantro, so she can feel the change in prices. 

“It's like $50 a box, whereas sometimes it's just $20," Isidoro said.

Local vendor Candido Nieto said he’s also noticed the higher cost that he says is a result of Mother Nature.

“There's the drought, and then the hail beats up the product, o production goes down, and the price goes up,” Nieto, the vice president at Candymar Produce, said. “Recently, [Mexican cilantro] was coming in much shorter because of the drought problem in Mexico. Now, when there's a little more rain in Mexico, they come a little bit longer."

While it may take some time for consumers to feel the relief, Nieto says lower prices are coming. 

“Fortunately, just this week we've started to have a little more production of cilantro in Mexico and a little more from California," Nieto said. “Next week it could probably drop another five or $10."

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