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SF Ferry Farmers' Market: Sweet limes

Tida | Feb 10, 200312:45 PM     3

At the market this past Saturday, I spotted something new to me- sweet limes. The stand was diagonal to DeVoto Gardens on the south side of the market and they sell all sorts of citrus.

I asked about the sweet limes and the farmers cut one up for me and gave me 1/8 of it to try. The perfume is a cross between a key lime (more fruity nose than regular lime) and lemongrass. It's very unusual and highly aromatic. The lime itself was very juicy, like a watermelon and had a very mild flavor, like melon. I sucked out all the juice of one when I got home while trying to figure out what I'm going to do with it. I've saved the rinds so I'm going to candy those and make some lime butter cookies. The juice is not acidic enough to make a custard like for a lime bar but is nice to just eat out of hand.

A very nice surprise. These are related to blood oranges so we were told and are Persian in origin.

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