Heat devastates some of Yucatan’s most important crops

Prices spike for habaneros and sour orange, among other produce

Habaneros, as well as sour orange, have shot up in price after crops in Yucatan struggle in the heat. Photo: File
Habaneros, as well as sour orange, have shot up in price after crops in Yucatan struggle in the heat. Photo: La Jornada Maya

Market sellers at Lucas de Gálvez are charging much more for Yucatan mainstays like habanero peppers and sour oranges. The extreme heat is to blame after taking its toll on crops.

One vendor, José Antonio Chan, said that chilis rose from 30 or 40 pesos per kilo to up to 120 pesos in just a few days.

The produce has to be brought in from other states, such as Campeche and Chiapas, because of crop failures in Yucatan, he said.

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Local production of dolce and xcatic peppers were also hit, but are expected to recover in the coming days.

Oranges are smaller and less economical, vendors admit. A fruit that cost 1.5 pesos 15 days ago can now demand 6 pesos.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and avocados, which come from Chiapas, are also affected by the heat and have become more scarce.

Source: La Jornada Maya

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