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where can I get key limes?

eowynnie Mar 8, 2009 08:37 PM

Hello all, I'm looking to make a key lime pie and was wondering if anyone knew of a place I could get the fruit? I've tried my area Trader Joe's, Shaw's, and Whole Foods all with no luck.

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    NoNatto RE: eowynnie Mar 8, 2009 09:10 PM

    One of the Haymarket vendors was selling them last weekend--2 bags for $3, I think. No assurance that they'll be back this weekend, of course, but might be worth a try if you don't find them elsewhere.

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      andieb RE: eowynnie Mar 9, 2009 06:16 AM

      I've seen them at Russo's. May want to try your luck there..

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        marilees RE: andieb Mar 9, 2009 06:26 AM

        I saw them at Russo's last week.. along with Meyer lemons and many other more unique kinds of citrus that aren't usually available (nor reasonably priced) at Shaws, etc

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          tallullah RE: marilees Mar 9, 2009 08:49 AM

          Russo's, which was absolutely insane, had them yesterday.

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            Bob Dobalina RE: tallullah Mar 9, 2009 09:21 AM

            It's getting more than a little out of control - getting so that one of us has to get in line immediately and one does the shopping - so no more mention of it on the board, please.

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              macca RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 9, 2009 09:43 AM

              My brother told me that Wilson Farms is always a zoo when he goes- but I tend to go on Saturday am before 10 am, and am in and okut in no time. Wonder if Russos is the same.

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                ScoobieSnack RE: macca Mar 9, 2009 12:18 PM

                we usually have to hit Russo's on Sunday and if you get there before 9:30-10:00 it is not so bad. Was there yesterday around 12:00 and it was a n absolute zoo.

                I did see Key Limes there as well.

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                  Bob Dobalina RE: ScoobieSnack Mar 9, 2009 12:23 PM

                  They obviously need to open a second location - I would love to see them go into the "Trader Joe's" spot at the Alewife development, if not only for my personal selfish needs but to really stick it to the stick-up artists on the other side of the street.

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                tallullah RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 9, 2009 05:37 PM

                If only my SO would actually go with me! He'll only set foot in there if a threat has been issued. I ended up leaving my cart in one spot and going on mini missions.

        2. macca RE: eowynnie Mar 9, 2009 07:09 AM

          Wilson FArms had them a few weeks ago.

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            Parsnipity RE: eowynnie Mar 9, 2009 09:27 AM

            Market Basket in Somerville had them yesterday.

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              samosk318 RE: eowynnie Mar 9, 2009 09:57 AM

              I'm pretty sure I saw them, believe it or not, at the Stop and Shop in Allston on Friday...

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                grant.cook RE: eowynnie Mar 9, 2009 11:17 AM

                I seem to remember Cooks Illustrated doing a review of this, and their conclusion was that users couldn't really tell the difference by taste between Key Limes and Persians. Might be an interesting experiment to replicate - pick up a Persian lime or two and see how the juice compares. I think with ripe Key limes there is a also a color difference inthe skin/zest - more yellow than green, so there may be a visual cue in how the pie turns out.

                There also seems to be the option of bottled key lime juice, but I tend to go for fresh squeezed citrus when I can, but perhaps its a viable option..

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                  MC Slim JB RE: grant.cook Mar 9, 2009 11:36 AM

                  The rinds of key limes are definitely more yellow than green, as is their juice.


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                    eowynnie RE: grant.cook Mar 9, 2009 01:28 PM

                    I substituted Persian limes when I made my pie yesterday (before I knew of all these places I can go to get the right citrus!), and it's definitely less tart than when I've made key lime pie with actual key limes. I'm thinking that when substituting with Persian limes, reducing the sugar content in the filling would probably solve that problem.

                    But thanks for all the recommendations! I'm going to stock up for the next pie.

                  2. bferle RE: eowynnie Apr 6, 2009 06:58 PM

                    I thought Key limes were interchangeable with Persian limes, and that Mexican limes couldn't be substituted in Key lime pie. Am I mixed up on this? Thanks for helping, I'm making Key lime pie this weekend! And by the way, I can't find Key limes or Persians anywhere! I've looked at Whole Foods and Grand Mart - I live in Germantown.

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                      bferle RE: bferle Apr 13, 2009 03:55 AM

                      I found them! Believe it or not - at the Giant at Neelsville. They only had like 6 bags. By the way - i made my Key Lime Pie this weekend and it was sooooo yummy! It took like 10 limes to make 1/2 cup of juice - my fingers were dying - but it was worth it!

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