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Avocado Prices Have Hit a Record High

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo
Avocado Prices Are at a Record High
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If you (or your Instagram feed) can't live without a hearty piece of avocado toast in the morning, you're going to want to shield your eyes from what you're about to read.

According to the Hass Avocado Board, the average price for just one of these prized fruits has risen to an all-time high of $1.25. And even though Whole Foods shoppers in the Northeast might be accustomed to shelling out this much (or more), consider the fact that this price is almost twice as high as February's average, which hovered around 77¢.


While the rise of avo-centric restaurants and viral breakfast toasts are easy scapegoats, you can't just blame Brooklyn hipsters for these brow-raising prices. Grubstreet points out a plethora of other issues, including deforestation and rising crime rates, which have affected Mexico's avocado output, on top of the growers strike that occurred at the end of last year. Fickle weather in California has also resulted in lower avocado crops this year, which certainly doesn't solve increasing demand worldwide.

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So just don't be surprised when you're extra scoop of guacamole ends up costing  more than $2.

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