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Buying Tips

Limes should be rather firm, with uniformly colored skin. As they ripen their green color pales and becomes yellow. Avoid fruit that is hard or that shows brown or white spots, characteristics indicating age and mold. While genuinely glossy skin is better, this can be hard to determine, as the fruit is often waxed for appearance.

Varieties

Although limes can be either sweet or sour, the sour varieties are the ones generally available in North America. Among the varieties commonly found at the market are the California seedless, called Bearss; the acidic Persian variety, grown in Florida; and the small round Key lime, an acidic variety that grows in Mexico and Florida.

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