HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >


Mexican Limes

  • 8

Is it me or are the limes you get in Mexico COMPLETELY different in flavor to anything you can find in the US? Not only are they much more flavorful but they also have a different taste altogether. I live in CA and cant find a lime that tastes like a lime you find from the bottom of the baja pensisula, south? You would think that if its the weather that makes the difference they would at least import these things but i cant find them anywhere. If anyone knows where to find them or knows why they cant be found, please let me know.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. The large lima (Mexican lime) is from a different plant than the diminutive limon (what we known as a lime in the States, probably the Persian lime). I imagine Mexican limes are available in LA at Mexican markets, but maybe you would get more specific responses on the LA board??

    1. I find them in my produce section in the exotic section. They come in a green mesh bag.

      1. Are you thinking of key limes?

        1. They are labeled as mexican limes. I use them as key limes.

          1. The small limes (1 1/4") that I get at my Mexican grocer are seedy, have a mottled skin and lots of juice that has a wonderful flavor.

            The larger seedless limes (2") with a darker green skin, are "Bearrs' Seedless", I believe, grown stateside. They have a more bland, acidic taste, and don't yield as much juice.

            Try searching your area of Calif for a hispanic grocery store. Check at different times of the year,too. These past few weeks none of our Mexican groceries have had the smaller, more juicy limes, just the big, dark green ones. It may just depend on the produce distributor they use.

            1. The limes you get in Mexico (and in Hispanic markets in southern California) are called "limas" -- they are small, spherical and tart.

              The limes that you get in, for example, Safeway, that look like green lemons are, in fact, called "limón" in Spanish, and yellow lemons can be "limón" or "citrón". In fact, you'll often hear people for whom English is the second language after Spanish refer to the large green thing as "a green lemon".

              IMNSHO, limas are far superior in flavour to limones verdes.

              1. AFAIK, Mexican limes are key limes. In fact, most of the "key" limes used in American come from Mexico -- if you've ever gone to Key West and wondered where the lime groves are, there aren't any. (Keep in mind, Mexican/key limes are SMALL and very tart -- if you're talking about bigger ones, at least as big as a lemon, these aren't it.)


                1. Mine are tiny, spherical, and turn yellow when ripe. They are great.