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pls. help me find meyer lemons in DF or toluca!

mexique Jan 8, 2009 05:45 PM

been living in toluca but travel to df frequently and miss meyer lemons so much i just can't bare it any longer. any suggestions on where i can either get a tree of my own or a market to purchase some?

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  1. mjs RE: mexique Jan 9, 2009 09:04 AM

    I've seen them in Costco and other "big" supermarkets.

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      hankstramm RE: mexique Jan 11, 2009 07:01 PM

      I've never seen them there. If I remember correctly, they are originally from China. While in DF, look for an Asian person and ask them. Hopefully you peak Spanish and can describe a half sweet lemon. I think they're a cross between a type of orange and a lemon. By the way, just a regular yellow lemon is hard to find in Mexico.

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        mexique RE: mexique Jan 12, 2009 12:53 PM

        thank you for the replies...i have never seen them in costo, and at this point meyer is not even a factor...just a normal lemon will do.... thx

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          cristina RE: mexique Jan 12, 2009 03:58 PM

          Once in a blue moon I have seen yellow lemons--not Meyer, just regular lemons--at Wal-Mart in the DF and other cities. I don't think this is a blue-moon month, though.

          What we see here in Mexico are *limones* (formally called *limón criollo*, or, in English, key limes) or *limas*, which are citrus fruit unknown, as best I can tell, outside Mexico.

          Is there a reason why a *limón* won't work for you? Just curious.

          Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

          1. re: cristina
            MazDee RE: cristina Jan 12, 2009 08:26 PM

            I planted Meyer lemon seeds here in Mazatlán twice, with no success. But I do get excited when I find some kind of yellow lemon in the supermarket, I made some Chinese lemon chicken a couple weeks ago when that happened, and I loved it! I would like to get enough to make some preserved lemons, to use in what is a favorite Moroccan dish. Limes are great most of the time. But, I can't imagine them in Hollandaise sauce, lemon chicken, or tabbouleh. Or hummus. Maybe I haven't really adjusted yet, Dee

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          hankstramm RE: mexique Jan 12, 2009 01:36 PM

          Like I mentioned, they don't really even have a word for a lemon. You have to ask for a limon amarillo (yellow lime). I never saw one in Mexico ( at least outside of maybe a bordertown)

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          1. re: hankstramm
            Anonimo RE: hankstramm Jan 13, 2009 03:59 AM

            One stand in the Pátzcuaro mercado had yellow lemons for a short time a few months ago. We bought 4, and they were a delight—yet still, a bit differnt.

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            gomexico RE: mexique Jan 15, 2009 07:02 AM

            Have you wandered about Mercado San Juan? My guess is that if anyone in the city has them it'll be the produce sellers at that market. Also, if you have the time, and desire is strong enough: the Central de Abastos on the east side of town is where all of the produce in the D.F. stops before hitting the market floors - and supermarkets - and you could look/ask there. It's a huge market, so be prepared to be exhausted after walking about. For a foodie, though, it's a wonderful experience.

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              hankstramm RE: gomexico Jan 15, 2009 11:38 AM

              I wasn't just speculating. They don't cultivate lemons in Mexico. I lived there and never ever saw one. Also, I've asked people there and they didn't ever see one. They don't even have a word for them in common language. Sorry, they especially won't have them at San Juan, since nearly everything there is domestic. Maybe, maybe, but I doubt it, you will find them at the Central de Abastos. While you're there, check out the nearby Nueva Viga--probably the biggest fish market in the world...

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                cristina RE: hankstramm Jan 15, 2009 07:22 PM

                I DO live in Mexico--in Morelia, Michoacán--and once in a while we see lemons at the supermarket, but only imported lemons. Yesterday there were some at my local Superama, the high-end store owned by Wal-Mart Mexico, but I didn't think to check the price.

                Hankstramm is right: don't expect to find lemons at all, much less Meyer lemons. There is no such animal grown in Mexico.

                Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                1. re: cristina
                  hankstramm RE: cristina Jan 15, 2009 09:11 PM

                  Yeah, Superama, where I buy my jasmine rice and coconut milk and Bounty paper towels and other stuff you can't get anywhere else. Not a bad store but a little too gringo for me--then again I'm the one buying Bounty towels....

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              lizzers RE: mexique Nov 22, 2009 07:01 PM

              Was just in the Costco in Polanco today and saw bags of them. I saw them a few months ago too, so its pretty much a sure bet.

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                Xacinta RE: mexique Nov 23, 2009 06:40 AM

                Your lemons are our "limas" and your limes are our "limones"! That´s the cause of the cofusion. I´ve seen yellow lemons at Superama and Mega Comercial Mexicana, much expensive than the regular "limón persa" , and they don´t have them all the time. Central de Abastos should be a good place to find them. I tried to grow a plant in DF...no luck, and you cannot bring a tree to Mexico because they carry an illness called the tristeza virus (?)

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                  cristina RE: Xacinta Nov 24, 2009 04:31 PM

                  Xacinta, with all due respect, I'm attaching one photo of the lima and another photo of the *limón criollo*, otherwise known as the key lime.

                  The lima is definitely not a lemon. In the photo of the lima, note the round shape of the fruit and the very well-defined nipple at the flower end. The lima, used in Mexico primarily for agua fresca and/or eating out of hand, isn't grown in the USA.

                  The limón criollo is also not a lime...at least it's not the Persian lime that's ubiquitous in the USA. It's a key lime, used in Florida for key lime pie but not often seen outside that state's boundaries unless it's found in a state where there are many Mexican consumers. The key lime is round and little more than an inch and a half in diameter.

                  Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                  1. re: cristina
                    Xacinta RE: cristina Nov 27, 2009 09:59 AM

                    next time i go to u.s. i am going to ask for a tecate with lemon....

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                  pats RE: mexique Mar 17, 2010 09:03 PM

                  hi-did you ever have any success in finding meyer lemons/trees here in MX? i'm in jalisco. have brought cuttings down from my dads tree in CA; actually still staring at one and willing it to live, though it may be hopeless. a friend here actually has a lemon tree and i've been using his to fullfil that lemon craving-lemon bars! yum!
                  i know your post is old my understand your desperation. i just googled 'meyer lemon mexico' with the slim hope of finding a vivero down here that might sell them.

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                  1. re: pats
                    bdoty RE: pats May 3, 2011 02:35 PM

                    Is there any reason why lemons are not cultivated in Mexico? I can't imagine the climate is THAT different from, say, Southern California where they're everywhere. Does it all boil down to cultural isolation?

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                      gueraaven RE: bdoty Jul 29, 2011 10:43 PM

                      I looked this up a while ago, seemed to be a reliable source. Said evidently there is a bug more prevalent on lemons that Mexico doesn't want, so plant importation is prohibited. Probably just as likely that the just don't have a real market for them. Here is lime country, and Mexican food just doesn't use lemons. They use limas, which, as mentioned above are not lemons or Meyer lemons, in food from the Yucatan. They are fairly sweet.

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                      deeb RE: pats May 3, 2011 04:49 PM

                      I can't speak to meyer lemons, but the only place I find lemons in Guadalajara - are on trees! Keep in mind they do not look like the smooth-skinned supermarket-ready lemons we are used to seeing. Look for trees loaded down with yellow knobby looking fruit.

                      I once spoke with a gardener in front of a house with a lemon tree growing next to the street and he shook his head as he told me that I could take all the lemons I wanted because they were practically worthless - not an orange and not a lime. He said - the only thing you can do with them is make aguas, but you have to add some orange as well or it's no good. I said thank you very much and took home a canvas bag full. lemonade, lemon curd, lemon chicken, lemon, lemon, lemon.....

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                      mexique RE: mexique May 3, 2011 08:26 PM

                      i bought a lemon tree! was bought for me by a pal in the green houses near Xochimilco....and it's growing and bearing fruit! also have found them in costco after the original post. thanks so much everyone!

                      also 'limas' here look like lemons but are sweeter kind of like hybrid of an orange, lemon and lime. but outside of costco and my tree have never seen them.

                      thanks again!!!

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                        gueraaven RE: mexique Jul 29, 2011 10:49 PM

                        For the past year and a half they've been pretty reliably at Costco year round and at Superama stores on and off in the winter. Here in DF they are referring to them as "limon real" most often. I bet City Market also gets them. Congrats on the lemon tree!

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                          cristina RE: mexique Jul 30, 2011 11:54 AM

                          A lima is a very odd fruit, completely unknown in the USA as far as I know. It's not a lemon, it's not a lime, and it's not a hybrid. Look for it on the Internet and you'll be directed to limes.

                          Shaped more like a tangerine than a lime or a lemon, the lima is distinguished by the 'nipple' at the flower end of the fruit. Its primary use is for eating out-of-hand and for making agua fresca de lima. The vaguely sweet flavor is subtle to the point of insipid.

                          Here's a photo of a pile of limas, photo taken in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán.

                          Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                          1. re: cristina
                            DiningDiva RE: cristina Jul 30, 2011 10:24 PM

                            Saw some of these today at the Mercado Hidalgo in Tijuana. They were labeled Lima Chichona...the "busty lime". We all got a chuckle out of that one

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                              cristina RE: DiningDiva Jul 31, 2011 11:22 AM

                              With all due respect, DD, limas are not limes, no matter how 'busty'.

                              Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                            2. re: cristina
                              SocksManly RE: cristina Sep 23, 2011 08:00 PM

                              Hey Cristina, I've read your blog quite a bit recently, thank you. I'm currently here for a month with my family, spending time between DF (Moctezuma) and Cuahtla. In fact if you're interested, I'm also a web developer of sorts, and would enjoy discussing creating a new website that's more of a resource and less of a traditional blog when I'm back in DF this week. I'll send you an e-mail. Anyways, I've been looking for a lemon tree to plant here in Cuahtla, and haven't had any luck. If you have any leads on lemon trees...... :)

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