SPOKANE, Wash. -

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.

“Our customers started asking us after we were out about two to three weeks into it,” Bill Smith, owner and operator of Grocery Outlet in Browne's Addition said. “We've been out three or four weeks, really."

He said that trend ended Tuesday when a new shipment of limes came in.

Prices of limes are expected to go down as they ripen with warmer weather however if they don't, then restaurants like Casa De Oro may have to change their prices.

"We're going to try to eat it for now,” Torres said. “If the price keeps going this way we're going to have to pass it on to our guests."

The United States gets 90 percent of their limes from Mexico, which has been hit with a one-two punch of heavy rains and citrus disease this season. On top of that, The Associated Press reports a drug cartel is running the state's wholesale distribution center where lime prices are set, which in the end means expensive limes for the consumers.