Limones or… Key Limes?

Our family is from South Florida, down in the Keys, where locally grown limes such
as these are called Key Limes. The key lime is ripe when it turns yellow. This was always confusing for tourists passing through the chain of islands on their way to Key West which is the southern most point in the U.S. and also south of Miami. After dining on seafood, tourists that visited the Keys were not content unless they sampled a piece of our infamous Key Lime Pie.  Once their slice of pie arrived at their table they always questioned why the pie filling was yellow and not green?  Most everyone expected the color to be green like a typical lime.

The key lime is unique both in flavor and color and can’t be compared with any other citrus.  I grew up using key lime juice in everything. Salads, seafoods, desserts, beverages and cocktails of all sorts required the juice of this little gem of a fruit.  Wherever we lived in the Islamorada area, we always had at least 1 key lime tree in our yard to cover all our culinary needs.

After purchasing Villa Cortes we were very excited to find a multiple of adult citrus trees
on the property.  We have grapefruit, tangerine, orange and 2 very large Key Lime trees producing fruit year round. Folks from the area (locals) call this fruit “limones.” We share bags of limones with everyone we know in Nosara and still can’t use all that these 2 fantastic trees produce.

Key Lime Pie is still a favorite dessert but not one we make very often.  Our favorite way to use these wonderful limes is for making fresh ceviche.  Fish, shrimp, conch, or all 3 mixed together you can’t go wrong when marinating the cut-up seafood in Key Lime juice!

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