In my world, where I am regularly tasting fruit I’ve never seen before and may or may not know how to pronounce (I’m talking to you Carambola and Rambutan), sometimes I can get bored with the simple pleasures that are easy to access. Limes are one of those basic fruits that I tend to take for granted. Additionally, I find myself with all different varieties and no idea what to do with them. A girl can only drink so many margaritas! So I’ve been branching out. The following list of ideas is geared toward the basic lime, but try them with any of the various limes available and see what you get. You never know.
BEARSS LIME & PERSIAN LIME
Basic acidic grocery store limes
Slightly floral and more acidic than Bearss limes
Great lime flavor, slightly less acidic
Extremely floral and exotic, not as juicy
Mellow lime flavor, no acidity
Lime with a hint of tangerine
More like a sour orange than a true lime
Extremely astringent, but with a sweet edible peel
Sour, crunchy little balls of juice
10 Ways to Cook with a Lime
- Squeeze juice onto salted, buttered corn-on-the-cob.
- Blend zest with cilantro, garlic, salt and olive oil. Mix into freshly cooked white rice.
- Mix juice and zest with chives and stir into softened butter.
- Cut in half and squeeze over fresh cut papaya or mango.
- Saute shrimp, lime, salt, pepper, and a few chopped onions in a skillet.
- Mix juice with an equal amount of triple sec and tequila.
- Toss some zest in to shortbread cookie dough before baking.
- Make vinaigratte by mixing lime juice with equal part honey, double amount of olive oil and a bit of chopped cilantro.
- Sprinkle juice over avocado to prevent discoloring. Mash with garlic and salt for a simple guacamole.
- Mix with sugar water – limeade!