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When life throws you lemons - jJust check! They might actually be limes!

Yesterday I was exploring Mum's old, overgrown garden round the back near the water tank, and I noticed a citrus tree there covered in fruit. I had seen it before in previous years but the lemons never seemed to ripen.....

The shape and texture of the leaf caught my attention - maybe I am learning slowly through my gradual immersion in things gardening - and it occured to me that it might not be a lemon at all.

Harvesting three beautifully shaped green beauties, I trotted off back home and sliced into one to find the most divine green centre inside - took a sniff, and a lick - yep, Limes, folks.

Anyone have any good recipe ideas - there are Shocked LOTS of them!

Posted at 17th Apr 2008 - 01:25AM   Posted by Cowgirl   When Life Throws You Lemons... Comments: 16

Frances's Avatar Well, cowgirl, you have a treasure there.
Obviously limes will be good companions to various alcoholic liquids, but there are many other possibilities, too.
Let me step away so that the wiser folks around here will be able to share their wisdom.

Posted by: Frances on 17th Apr 2008 at 02:40AM

Camilla's Avatar How wonderful, I adore Limes, love them with Vodka, but as Frances says, I am sure there are many other ways of using them. I remember having a BBQ a few years ago where chef used them to put on the grilled Salmon.


Posted by: Camilla on 17th Apr 2008 at 02:57AM

Pondside's Avatar Hi Cowgirl - there are lots of great Lime recipes out there. Try here for a good selection! What a lucky find you've had!

Posted by: Pondside on 17th Apr 2008 at 05:59AM

Pondside's Avatar Well, that didn't highlight in the right place, but if you click on the weird pink word you'll get to where you need to go!

Posted by: Pondside on 17th Apr 2008 at 06:01AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar lime pickle? gin and lime? Lime sorbet? gin and gin and lime...I should think that you could use limes for same things you use lemons for so you could do a lime meringue pie, fresh lime juice squash and would be bursting with goodness look at which is a green eco site but also has lime recipes .

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 17th Apr 2008 at 07:24AM

Faith's Avatar Limes - the only limes I know are pickled limes like Amy March had! And in G & T!

Posted by: Faith on 17th Apr 2008 at 09:12AM

Think Carribean! lime dressing on fish, lime marinade. chicken marinaded with lime.

Rum Punch, Gin and Tonic,

Lime? to extract maximum juice, roll the lime on a hard surface.

Posted by: Miss penelope on 17th Apr 2008 at 09:58AM

Pipany's Avatar Oh you lucky thing! Quite green with envy. If you have your limes with ice and gin you will also be getting some of your '5 a day'!!! xx

Posted by: Pipany on 17th Apr 2008 at 10:06AM

Ivy's Avatar The right person to make the right discovery on the right day. The oil of the skin is disinfectant and mood lifting. Wish I could find things like that in my garden all I ever find are cracked tiles building bricks and discarded rusty screws. (why do builders always have to leave behind such a mess that can still be found 30 years later?)

Posted by: Ivy on 17th Apr 2008 at 10:11AM

How about Key Lime Pie? Recipe here

Posted by: ZoŽ on 17th Apr 2008 at 11:28AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Ah, Zoe, you read my mind! Lime marmalade too - though confess I don't like it. Lime cordial would be lovely for hot summer days (OK they're a way off for you right now, but they will come again).
How lovely to find that. I am still finding exciting things in our new garden but think it's safe to say that a lime tree won't be one of them!
Love what Ivy says too about it's properties.... hmmm, think citrus fruits are quite easy to extract essential oil from..might be worth checking out how to do it (sure there will be a link online). I will have it somewhere but books still under dust sheets.....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 17th Apr 2008 at 11:48AM

Westerwitch's Avatar ber . .lime . .y . . .get it . . .Very Happy . . .get it . . .oh never mind.ArrowArrowArrow

Posted by: Westerwitch on 17th Apr 2008 at 12:18PM

That is worthy of a very large groan! LaughingLaughingLaughing

Oh, I love Roses Lime marmalade! Havent eaten it in years!

Posted by: ZoŽ on 17th Apr 2008 at 01:36PM

Lime sorbet one of my favourites

Posted by: Miss penelope on 17th Apr 2008 at 02:28PM

Kat's Avatar Oh my goodness! We use lime every day here in Peru! Make a great sandwich using lime juice and salt to marinade shredded onions and chiles, then pile it on meat and veggies on a split hard roll. Make a great ceviche by marinating cubed white fish in lime juice and salt, add chopped cilantro, shredded onions, minced hot pepper, and veggies on the side. Add a squirt of lime juice to your bowl of chicken soup just before eating it. Jazz up almost any boring dish with a squeeze of lime over it just before eating. Lime sherbet, daiquiris, and tea.

And there's always fresh limeade!

Posted by: Kat on 17th Apr 2008 at 02:45PM

Withy Brook's Avatar All those things are good, I am sure --------but--------the only really good place for lime is in MY gin and tonic and ice-------

Posted by: Withy Brook on 17th Apr 2008 at 02:54PM

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