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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.
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.