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?
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).
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.