I was so excited the other day when I went into Automercado and saw the fruit in the photo above. I really thought they had gotten a shipment of lemons in. But they turned out to be yellow oranges.
When I used to travel with Troy, he’d tell me that limon is both lemon and lime – that they’re the same. I never understood what he meant. After all, one is yellow and one is green. And they taste different. But I never had to actually buy lemons until moving here. I always just thought that we had a translation issue and that he didn’t understand that I wanted a yellow lemon not a green lime.
But I have come to accept the lemon situation here in Costa Rica. Although I’m still hoping to find a lemon tree at a nursery. I just don’t understand how, in a country that produces so many limes, why they cannot plant a few lemon trees as well or import them. They import apples and pears, why can’t they import lemons!
So I’m embracing the lime. I put lime slices in my water (mainly because it tastes a little funny which has made me add Pur/Brita water filter to my list of things I need from the States), I squeeze it into freshly made hummus, I put it on rice, I add it to my cold cucumber/avocado soup and recently I made Lime/Ginger bars (a spin on lemon bars) and they all turn out pretty good. Of course, I still want yellow lemons.
On the bright side, unlike lemons, the limes don’t have seeds.