Lemons have become a prized product in recent weeks due to their high price.A visit to Lima’s main market is enough to see every kilo lemon It fluctuates between 15 and 17 soles, a condition that worries housewives as they do not have this ingredient in their kitchens.
It is known that this ingredient is essential for the preparation of ceviche. However, due to its increased price, some unscrupulous individuals choose to prepare this dish with citric acid instead of lemon. Regarding this situation, National Institutes of Health (INS) Restaurants urged not to use citric acid in food preparation Ceviche.
In conversation with RPP, INS expert Ms. Pilaka explains the health effects of people who consume citric acid voluntarily or involuntarily. “Citric acid can harm oral health. It wears away the enamel on your teeth,” he says.
He added that the compound was not a suitable substitute for lemons and that as the price of the ingredient increased, healthy alternatives were available. For example, To dress salads, people can use oil and vinegar. Meanwhile, lemon water can be replaced with orange water. It is worth mentioning that there are other citrus fruits such as limes, grapefruits, tangerines, etc.
In interviews, experts warned that in extreme cases, consuming citric acid could cause heart problems. gastritis. “On the other hand, once it is eaten, it can damage and irritate the entire digestive system, from the esophagus to the stomach. It may cause gastritis,” he told the above-mentioned media.
Given the increase in lemon, a key ingredient in ceviche, Peruvians are asking themselves the reason for this increase. Facing this panorama, National Institute of Statistics and Information (INEI) issued a report to clarify the matter. According to their report, the product has become more expensive due to reduced production. Added to this are climatic factors, such as heavy rains affecting northern areas.
These rains have prevented thousands of hectares of land from blooming. It is worth mentioning that 60% of the country’s production is concentrated between January and June. Let us remember that in the first months of 2023, Cyclone Yaku and phenomena coastal boy They bring heavy rainfall, landslides and floods.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Midagri) noted that lemon production tends to decrease in August every year, which is a matter of concern for producers and consumers across the country.
It should be noted that Piura, Lambayeque, Tumbes, Loreto and Ucayali are the main lemon producing areas. It is worth noting that in the first quarter of this year, heavy rainfall occurred in the first three regions.
at last, midagry He reminded citizens that in July, the price of a kilogram of lemons was approximately 6.60 soles; in June, the price was 5.30 soles.
Recently, it was reported that the price of lemons per kilogram on the retail market in Lima fluctuates between 15 and 17 soles.exist Piura, the product sells for 25 soles. This problem attracts the attention of housewives and criminals; the latter try to seize large quantities of this ingredient and then resell it to the highest bidder.
For example, on the Tambo Grande Highway in the area, criminals attacked a truck and stole all the goods. To achieve their goal, they tied up and beat the driver.