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Apr 9, 2014 10:47 AM

Taste the difference between lime and lemon?

In light of the pending lime apocalypse, I watched this short, funny video to learn the answer (tho' I had my suspicions..)

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  1. That's a lot of wrong answers (7 out of 20 for those who don't want to sit through the ads before the actual vid starts). Did the people who got it wrong have colds? Admittedly I've never tried a blind test, but I find the flavor, aroma and even acidity level so markedly different I can't imagine confusing them...

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    1. re: MikeG

      Oops, make that 7/27. At least the Food Blogger got it right...

    2. I'm surprised 7 out of 27 got it wrong. Maybe I use more citrus than most, but they have very different flavors and specific uses.
      May the Michoacán thugs be apprehended and stop extorting Mexican growers. And the weather improve.

      1. I'm not surprised.

        Having lived in parts of the world where limes were only available seasonally - in regards to cooking, lemons typically provide a more than satisfactory sub. I'd say that unless trying really hard to tell the difference, the primary flavor difference is in the zest and not the juice.

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        1. re: cresyd

          I agree about the zest- lemon rinds are much thicker, and have substantially more flavor, oil, and and moisture.
          I'm a stickler on the juice difference.

          1. re: Veggo

            I thought I was - but then you make some various "must have lime juice!" dishes with lemons (out of necessity), and I don't know.

            There are always going to be those with sensitive palates. But basically 7 out of 27 sounds right to me.