Monday, August 29, 2011

Lemon and Lime

In India, I've observed many people using the words 'lemon' and 'lime' interchangeably--so much so that as a child I wondered why there were two names for the same fruit--which is the case with many, many people across the country.

Key Lime
This is a lime (Citrus aurantiflora), nimbu (Hindi)--Wikipedia says it is called the 'key lime'. This fruit is small, round and green-yellow and is what we normally grow and use in India.

The lemon (Citrus limonum) is yellow and not round, with thicker skin, usually bigger than limes. I have never seen it sold in India in the common markets.

Though they can be substituted for each other in most recipes, the two have differences in taste and flavour. The lemon is easier to zest for baking into cakes.


Anonymous said...

Hash, I like this new bright lime look for your blog :)J

Anonymous said...

I had a vague idea about this before, but now I know the difference for sure!

Nice lemony look for a lemony post!

monideepa said...

ah! Always did wonder, and now I KNOW. a great question for quizzes, I would think. And limes make good zest for cakes too. The scent is stronger I think.

Hasmita said...

Hi Moni,
Lime zest is good, but difficult to get from the thin skin, whereas with the thick-skinner lemon, it's a breeze. Of course, when one doesn't have access to lemons, we will have to work with limes. I agree, limes have a much stronger flavour, concentrated in their smaller size, I think.

TVRao said...

Learnt One more fact !