“Every damn lime I get is dry as a rock,” says LuluTheMagnificent. How can you tell if a lime is full of juice? Juicy limes are heavy for their size and very shiny, says RGC1982. (“Heavy for their size” is a good rule of thumb for all fruit, says KTinNYC.) They will also “give just a little when pressed with a thumb,” says woodleyparkhound. If you absolutely can’t find any juicy limes, “microwaving a lime/lemon for 1 minute on low will significantly increase the amount of juice that they produce, as will rolling them under your palm with medium pressure before you cut them,” says Kelli2006. (Amy Sherman of the food blog Cooking with Amy agrees.)

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