[Sca-cooks] Lemons? Limes? Confusion?

Lilinah lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 5 16:18:46 PDT 2008

I don't own a book on the history of citrus, which i understand can 
be difficult to study because of the ease with which all citrus 
plants hybridize/cross-breed with others, since they both self- and 
cross-pollinate, and they develop spontaneous mutations (e.g. the 
navel orange).

So i was mystified when some historical sources mentioned that limes 
were taken to the Caribbean by the Spanish in the early 1500s. 
Mystified because i don't recall coming across any recipes for limes 
in my reading of SCA-period European recipes, although there are 
enough calling for lemons.

I wonder if this could be because the name for lemon and lime are 
very similar, both in Arabic and in most European languages, so limes 
may have been substitute in recipes calling for lemons.

Can anyone clarify this mystery and alleviate my confusion?

Does anyone know of any specific recipes calling for limes?
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita

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