Out of curiosity, I bought some sweet limes, and after trying them I'm even more curious. They look like a lime inside, but have thin yellowish skin. The smell and taste is unusual - almost floral and non-acidic.
I've done a bit of poking around but can't figure out what these are, botanically, or how they are used. (I used them like regular limes, and that was a big old mistake.) Anyway, my mystery fruit radar has been engaged. Can anyone enlighten me?
Thanks in advance,
Do you know where they're from? I have head that Mexican limes are sweeter than our Persian limes and that's why when you make a margarita here you have to add a little sugar, or simple syrup, or Rose's Lime Juice (which is sweetened).
Think they'd be good in a marg?
Where'd ya get them? How much were they?
re: Jessica Shatan
I'm not sure where they're from - the sign just said "sweet limes." I bought them in Berkeley for the usual citrus type price.
They're not Meyer lemons, which I know and love. These are even sweeter and less acid (and green inside). Key limes? Mexican limes? I wonder. For some reason I thought key limes were tiny, but I could be mistaken.
Jessica, they'd be very odd in a margarita, though it might be interesting if regular lime juice was used as well. The best I can come to describing the taste is orange flower water, but more "limey" than that.
Thanks for the brainstorms...it occurs to me that I *could* ask the produce manager at the store, but this is more fun...
They could be Meyer lemons. Where did you get them and did the sign say "sweet limes" or did you name them yourself? Do some research on Meyer lemons and you'll find out if they are what you have. Another possibility would be key limes although I think you would probably know if thats what they are.