Sweet Lemons aka Persian Limes

We used to love these sweet lemons; I still remember the excitement when they would first show up and we’d get a few at home! These look like fat lemons, but have absolutely no acidity whatsoever!

We used to eat them as a snack after school.

I thought they would only be available in Lebanon or Syria and lo and behold, “my” Palestinian grocer is carrying them! I believe  they are produced in California and Arizona.

What does a lemon taste like if it is not acidic? It tastes very  sweet and delicate! Try it and let me know! aka Sweet Limes or Persian Limes.

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  1. Posted March 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I had a bunch of it just yesterday. Here in California it’s called sweet limes. Love it!
    We had a big tree in my back yard in Brazil. There we call it “Lima da Pérsia” as delicious as the ones from here. yummmm

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  3. Posted March 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve had Persian limes before and they are very good!

  4. Posted March 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had sweet lemons before, but I’ll be looking for them now! :)

  5. Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Well I’ll be! I’ve never seen anything like these before!

  6. Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    sweet lemons!!never heard abt them before…

  7. Posted March 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I am in California so I am going to look for them. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Posted March 12, 2010 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Have never heard of these lemons before but would surely love to try them.

  9. Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I’ve had sweet limes in Mexico and loved them. But unfortunately, I’ve never seen them in our stores here in the midwest. I love Lime Soup which is a good chicken soup with vegetables and a squeesh of sweet lime. DELICIOUS!

  10. Posted March 12, 2010 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Never heard of them here! They must taste wonderful.

  11. Posted March 12, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    We love this stuff and the juice of sweet lime is an excellent cool-off and good for the tummy too.It is also given to convalescing people for nourishment…

  12. Posted March 12, 2010 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I keep hearing about these but have not seen them here in France – at least, not out here in the country. I’ll look next time I’m in Bordeaux…. I love lemons, anyway…

  13. Posted March 12, 2010 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    I’ve never heard about sweet lemons before…I will be looking for them now n let you know:)

  14. Posted March 12, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    I have never heard of sweet lemons before. I would love to try some. I bet I’ll end up eating a lot!

  15. Posted March 12, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    “Sweet Lemons.” Isn’t that an oxymoron?

    Are they like Meyer lemons? I’ll have to look up these golden sweeties.

    Jo, once as a kid, I was dared by my so-called friends :) to suck on a whole, sour lemon. I, never one to turn down a dare, puckered right up, even before the lemon hit my lips.
    Discovering (to my surprise) that I actually liked the acidity of lemons I’ve been a fan ever since.

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  17. Sarah
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I just saw those two days ago at Whole Foods and didn’t know what to make of them (or with them), do you have any recipe suggestions?

  18. Posted March 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    ça a l’air tres rafraichissant !! biz pierre

  19. Posted March 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I love this type of lemon, and I’m glad you found some at your local grocer. It’s nice to find things that remind us of places and people we love!

  20. Posted March 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    sweet lemon..wow I have never tried these

    sweetlife

  21. Posted March 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had them, but would really love to try. They sound delicious.

  22. Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    These are new for me too! I would love to try them as I find citrus so refreshing but a bit too tart for me. I like mixing the fruit with lemonade :)

  23. Posted March 15, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    We cant get them over here I don’t think. I used to have sweet lemons as a child when visiting Italy. Wonderful…

  24. Posted March 15, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    We have lots of Arabs store here ,I’ll keep an eye out for these during the next visit :D

  25. Posted March 24, 2010 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    I was in Beirut for the first time last week and tried sweet lemons… absolutely beautiful!

  26. Bill Leung
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Sweet lemons are available in Australia (although rare because probably they are not well known). I’ve tried two types. The Persians in Australia sells them.

    One type is very lemon looking with a pointy end, but taste more grapefuity despite being sweet and the rind is not easy to peel.

    The other type comes with thin or thick skins, the distinctive feature is that the tree bark is dark brown or purplish with no thorns. The lemon flesh is sweet and refreshing with a tangy taste. I love this second type of sweet lemons ever after.

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    Posted October 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    @Bill: Thank you for the interesting report on Australian sweet lemons!

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