Hard times are on the way, dear avocado lovers – increasing demand plus drought could mean a shortage

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Image: This is not a drill, an avocado shortage could be on the way

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My name is *insert here* and I am an avocado addict.  Sound like you?

 

Admitting that you have a problem is the first step, or so we’re told, but the second step is to panic because 2015 could be the year of the avocado shortage *gulps*.

 

The appeal of the green, smooth, buttery fruity is endless and once you've tried it on toast with a couple of poached eggs and rashers of bacon it is, quite frankly, hard to imagine life without it.

 

But the good times might be about to run out as, and it pains us to say this, our addiction to green stuff might lead to a shortage.

 

With consumption of the fruit having doubled in the last three decades, countries producing them are struggling to keep up with demand, according to National Geographic.

 

The burrito chain Chipotle, who use about 97,000 avocados a day (yes, you read that right), have announced that they might suspend guacamole service (noooo) as prices look set to skyrocket due to a drought in the avocado-producing Ligua Valley area of Chile.

 

These are dark, dark times. 

Make the most of your avocado while you can with this easy bean and tuna wraps recipe, couscous with peas and avocado and avocado, mango and prawns with a dressing recipe