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Lovely Lime

Fruit notes No. 1

The Lime

What is it? A citrus fruit typically round, green and 6-8 centimetres in diameter with an acidic pulp.

Acidic! Sounds dangerous. Don’t fret my friend the Lime has a similar acid level to cranberry and grape juice.

Phew, but what’s it used for? It has many uses but most often seen bathing in a bath of gin and tonic.

Sounds very British. Indeed during the 19th century British sailors used West Indian Limes instead of Lemons to prevent scurvy.

Guess that’s why we’re Limeys? Excellent detective work although the nickname originally came from Americans seeing green unripe Lemons in boats and wrongly assuming them to be Limes.

Do say: Ice with a slice please.

Don’t say: Pass the Lemon.

 

IMPORTANT – This is a tribute to the excellent pass notes section in the Guardian.

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