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Describe the Taste of Limes

almond tree Oct 20, 2012 11:51 PM

Fresh limes are not commonly available where I live.
In fact, I saw them at the market the other day for only the second time in 21 years! I bought a bagful, and used some of them to make a Lime Glazed Cake for my son && his new gf.
Gf and I loved the cake; son thought it was fine but couldn't really "get" the difference between lime and plain old lemon. We tried to describe the subtleties of lime flavor in words but apparently weren't eloquent enough.
Anyone else want to try?

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  1. Rodzilla RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 12:12 AM

    bitter lemon

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      pippimac RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 12:28 AM

      Like a tropical, complex, 'green tasting' lemon.
      Hmmm, I think lime may be one of those 'you had to be there' things.

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      1. re: pippimac
        Harters RE: pippimac Oct 21, 2012 07:33 AM

        "Green tasting lemon" is a good description.

        The French call lemons "citron" and limes "citron vert" (green lemon).

        They are a fruit that are always in our supermarkets here in northern Europe.

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        cacruden RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 04:40 AM

        Approximately where is that? I could get them easily at any supermarket in Toronto - and they are not native there - so I would be surprised if they are not available anywhere in the US......

        Use limes pretty much everyday since it is used a lot in Thai food (lemons on the other hand are really expensive). Even with fried rice you will get a wedge of lime to squirt on top before eating.

        BTW, not sure about lemons - but lime (here) is usually added near or at the end of cooking since cooking lime juice for any length of time will make it "bitter" (as opposed to sour).

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        1. re: cacruden
          drongo RE: cacruden Oct 21, 2012 08:20 AM

          I believe almond tree is in Israel (based on previous posts... and the almond is native to the Middle East). OTOH, apparently limes were first cultivated on a large scale in the Middle East (Iraq), so it would be a surprise to me if they're rare in Israel.

          According to McGee, limes are the most acidic and hence sour of citrus fruits (but other sources differ on this) and their distinctive "limeness" is due to "pine, floral, and spicy aroma notes" from terpenes.

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            sunshine842 RE: drongo Oct 21, 2012 08:41 AM

            that's what threw me -- lots and lots of the citrus here in France (including limes) comes from Israel -- expensive, but definitely available.

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              almond tree RE: sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 09:24 AM

              Yup, I'm in Israel -- and the lime shortage is weird, given all the commercial citrus orchards here. But my young adult son had never tasted limes in his life before the cake the other night.
              Now I'm trying to think of what to do with the rest of my precious stash :)

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                sunshine842 RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 09:32 AM

                that IS weird -- maybe they ship it all to Europe....

                You could make lime curd and preserve it, or juice and zest -- the juice and the zest both freeze very well. (don't know if you can freeze curd or not; my guess would be no)

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                  almond tree RE: sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 09:44 AM

                  good idea. I could freeze juice in ice cube trays.

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                    Harters RE: sunshine842 Oct 21, 2012 10:14 AM

                    We've frozen curd once. Seemed OK - can't recall if it was a specific recipe for freezing though.

          2. roxlet RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 08:32 AM

            When I lived in Egypt, I was surprised that Egyptians make no distinction between limes and lemons. Both are referred to as lemons.

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              almond tree RE: roxlet Oct 21, 2012 09:24 AM

              These were labelled "limonim layim" (lime lemons) in the market.

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                roxlet RE: almond tree Oct 21, 2012 09:48 AM

                Not in Egypt, right? You're in Israel?

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                  almond tree RE: roxlet Oct 21, 2012 09:54 AM


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