When Life Gives You Limes…

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.

Pura vida…Chrissy 

6 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Limes…

  1. This is so funny, Chrissy, as just this week I bought a bog of limes and I thought there were actually LEMONS mixed in, but they were limes that had turned YELLOW! (They were nearly past their freshness.)

    • oops, clicked send before I had finished. I wanted to also say how much I enjoy reading your adventures. I’ve been reading you since your former site and you are such a joy and always full of such hope and ideas to help our hurting planet. Take sweet care and keep up the beauty!!!

      • Thank you Becky! I have been trying to find a way to blend the two sites together…still working on it. But your kind words have given me new inspiration!

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