[Sca-cooks] Lemons? Limes? Confusion?

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Sat Jul 5 16:43:50 PDT 2008

And...to add to the confusion, when I lived in Papua New Guinea, off the
north coast of Australia, we had a citrus fruit that tasted like limes when
they were green and like lemons when they were yellow (ripe).  I don't
remember what they were called, but I was quite bemused by them!


On Sat, Jul 5, 2008 at 7:18 PM, Lilinah <lilinah at earthlink.net> wrote:

> 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?
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