Expect to pay quite a bit more for your Esrog this year.
TLS spoke with several Esrog Sochrim who unanimously stated the prices this year will be significantly higher than last year’s prices.
The primary reason for the price increase, is demand, as a result of Shmittah.
“During a regular year, approximately 2,000,000 Esrogim are brought in from Eretz Yisroel,” on Esrog Socher told TLS. “This year, only around 300,000 Esrogim are expected to be brought in from Eretz Yisroel – which are purchased through Beis Din.
One Esrog Socher tells TLS he, for one, is trying to keep the prices down
“We are trying to keep the prices as low as possible for our customers, but unfortunately customers can expect a significant price difference this year due to the circumstances,” he said.