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Feb 18, 2010 08:16 PM

How to pick limes?

Is there a secret to picking limes? OMG, every damn lime I get is dry as a rock. How to tell if they are juicy?

Thank you.

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  1. Heavy for their size and very shiny.

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      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        Heavy for their size is the a good rule of thumb for all fruit.

      2. re: RGC1982

        Yes, heavy for their size and shiny -- and give just a little when pressed with a thumb.

      3. Microwaving a lime/lemon for 1 minute on low will significantly increase the amount of juice that they produce, as will rolling them under your palm with medium pressure before you cut them.

        1. Thank you all for the info it's much needed.

          1. OK, I tried the suggestions and got a much juicier lime. I went with the shiny approach, couldn't tell if it was heavy for its size, maybe i'll master that part later.

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            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

              Just pick up 2 limes of comparable size in each hand, the heavier of the two is a juicier lime. It's pretty easy to differentiate between a juicy lime and a desiccated one.

              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                That's the general rule I follow for ALL citrus -- I look for the shiniest fruit available.

                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  Usually limes fall into a spectrum that goes from juicy to dried up. Rounded, plumper, thinner skinned (hence the giving a little when pressed) on the juicy end and narrower, more football shaped, and thicker skinned on the dry end. Also as limes age and become less juicy, the skin becomes tough and more prone to denting as well as yellow. Bright green, round limes are the juiciest!

                2. I rarely buy limes, but assume the rules of thumb for citrus apply - in addition to heavy and shiny, I'd add: the tiniest possible "pores" so that the skin looks smooth and taut. That signals a thinner skin, which in turn seems to correlate with more juice.