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Apr 18, 2007 05:30 PM

What is up with limes?

The past three times I've bought limes at the grocery store, I've gotten them home, gone to use them and they're dry as a bone. I might get a quarter tsp. of juice out of the whole thing. I've put in the microwave, rolled on the countertop, put on the juicer, but these suckers are dry as a bone.
I'm frustrated.
Anyone else having these problems? Do I just not know how to pick a good lime? How would I pick a good lime?

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  1. It's the end of lime season for Mex, which supplies most of the US, so quality is suffering and prices are astronomical. Give it about 2-3 weeks and Texas crops should start to flourish, relieving the tight market.

    *veggietales :-)

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    1. re: Veggietales

      veggietales, I am just going to follow you around this board -- I have learnt so much from your posts recently

    2. Look for a lime that feels heavy for its size. I like ones that when I squeeze them the feel just a little squishy, but not not too squishy or they may be bad. Beware the overfirm lime that feels light for its size--probably a dry one.

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      1. I could drop one of these desicated, alpha-limes from a barn roof without damaging it, yet my car bumper couldn't withstand a 5 mph crash. What we need to do in America is start driving our limes! :)

        1. Try to get YELLOW limes.
          Explanation: limes become yellow when ripe. As such, they are much juicier & tastier.
          For marketing reasons they are usu. picked up very early in the development process. It seems market perception is people's IQ won't be high enough to distinguish limes from lemons, while "green" and "yellow" are easy to differentiate.
          My solution: get to know farmers in your area that grow limes, ask them to send you a box of YELLOW ones, voilĂ !

          1. Did the recent California freeze destroy their lime crops? If so, poor quality and high prices may continue.

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            1. re: tom porc

              I live in SW Florida and have a lime tree in the back yard. When it is not bearing, like right now, I hate having to get grocery store limes. I get over a 1/4 cup of juice from each lime on my tree, at best a couple of tbsps from a store bought one.

              1. re: tom porc

                It hurt much of the citrus in CA, including limes. That being said local limes are juicy and tasty.