Why no lemons in Cancun?

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  1. CancunTom

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    I love seafood.................but I like it better with lemon juice squeezed onto it. I've never been able to get a lemon or lemon juice in my many visits to Cancun. They always serve seafood with limes, even when I specifically ask for lemons! Yuk!
    Does anyone know why? Is it just a Mexican preference for the taste of lime? I can't even find them in Walmart down town.
     
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    hmmm good question. id like to hear the answer to this :-|
     
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    they need to break it down in to lemon or limes seperatly so we can get a better gauge of whats grown where :cool:
     
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    and when you go home from work and youre asked what did you do today...

    i looked up lemon growing facts :cool:
     
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    Hey Tom,

    We do have lemons. They just look and taste more like limes. Expand your mind a bit more. I know that you have experience in that field.

    Micheal F. - I am not sure I understand your map. But I know that I can buy all the lemons I want in FL and CA, neither or which are blessed with a dot of any color.

    Ciao,
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    I thought the same, Mr. TJ. I was always told that the green fruits we eat and buy in Mexico are actually a different variety of lemon.

    And it's in the language, too. You ask for limones (lemons) and you get the green fruit. Limas (limes) are not nearly as widespread.

    First time my husband was given a slice of a yellow lemon with his food in the States, he just stared at it. Didn't trust it at all.
     
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    The green ones may well be called limones but they taste nothing like the yellow ones. I did once see yellow lemons on sale in Costco, I think it was, but it was a bag of 50 so never did buy it.

    I have a small yellow lemon tree growing in a pot but it wont be ready for another 10 years or so :)
     
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    you should get a few lemon trees steve,

    you could make a fortune selling to tourists like tom :p
     
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    Lemons

    Well......I guess I won't be a "tourist" much longer. That's why I'm trying to solve this mystery ahead of time. Maybe I need to find some super fast growing lemon seeds and bring them along with me to plant in my yard?? eh, Steve,

    TJ, believe me as hard as I've tried to play tricks on mysef oganoleptically, my taste buds refuse to believe a green lemon really tastes as sour as a yellow lemon. Therefore like a junkie, I will need to find a lemon pusher in Cancun!
     
  12. Jim in Cancun

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    buy sopa de lima and you will find one. Lima=lemon Limón =lime
     
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    Hey Tom, Jim and others.

    At Market 23 they have these things called Limas Dulces that may or may not be what you find in the states and call Lemons.

    I am happy with Limes so did not bother to buy one just to see if it is really sweet (= dulces) or what.

    Maybe Jim or Steve or someone will know if this will give Tom the fix he so desperately will need. Now I am so damn curious I may go back and buy a few and rustle up some lemonade or something.

    They are certainly yellow, not as smooth skinned as US type lemons and are the right size.

    It's the best I can do.
     
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    We ask the same question every time we are in US, why they do not have Lemons; waht we call lemons - everytime we ask for one it taste like Lime. Maybe you need to ask for a lime and get the taste you are looking for.

    Same as Orange, we have Juice Orange (as the ones from Florida) and then we have sour orange the once used to cook.
     
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    Shari - These are limas dulces that I am talking about, not limones dulces. I actually went back to Chedraui and bought a couple. When I cut one open and taste the juice I will post some more info.

    I am not sure if Customs would permit fruits to be shipped into Mexico for private use. You cannot even bring in a banana on the plane.

    If I had sense enough how to use the Image function on this board I would try to post a photo or two of what I found today at Chedraui.
     
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    Basically the photo needs to be hosted on the web, you post the link and surround it with IMG tags. Some places like picture trail will provide you with the correct code off their site.

    {img}http://www.linktoyourphoto.jpg{/img}

    Except you have to use square brackets instead of the wiggly ones above.
     
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    Well these "Limas Dulces" are NOT the ticket that Chicago Tom is looking for. I took these nice photos, and with Steve's info, was going to post them.

    But I cut one open and while it looks like a lemon inside and out, complete with seeds, I drank the juice of half of one of them and did not even pucker.

    The taste is indescribable but ever so slightly sweet and not sour at all. This will simply not do as a replacement for lemon as we know it from the states.

    Sorry Tom.
     
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    I read once that the reason that Lemons (US kind) don't grow in Mexico is that we don't have the right kind of bees here for the pollination. Sounds like a good rumor to me and i'm sticking to it. BTW, I have seen Lemons in Walmart on occasion and they were labeled "lemons real"
     
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    Do the math !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok everybody thanks for all the suggestions.......................... Here's where we at.......................let me do the math.........

    Take one of these.....
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    Add one of these.............
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    and you get this ( a lemonhead pucker )
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