This is a follow up to the citrus blasting – You paid how much for a lemon?
As a regular reader you will remember that I was rather excited to find a ‘proper’ lemon for sale in a fancy supermarket a few weeks back. Ridiculously excited, if truth be told.
I realise this is a very western-centric version of what a lemon should be like: but as far as I’m concerned, they should be yellow. Lemon yellow to be exact. And there should be pointy bits at either end of their oval shape.
They should not be golf ball sized and green, and without protuberances. That is plainly a lime. However, as far as the almost billion people who live in India are concerned, a lemon is indeed small and green.
Now, far be it from me to fly in the face of not only a billion people to tell them they are patently wrong, but also botanists who could easily point out that, like any plant, lemons have many different varieties and most do not look the same. I will still hold out that most are at least yellow. Even this freakish thing from the genus is, whilst strange of shape, quite definitely lemon yellow.
What makes this lemon business even stranger here, is that it turns out that India is one of the largest exporters of yellow lemons. Who knew? They grow in the north and are shipped out to the lemon lacking regions by the boat load.
This lovely fact was brought to my attention by a loyal reader, and it just confounds me that none – none! – make it into the local market. It seems utterly wrong. Millions of the little yellow lovelies flooding out of the country and none hanging about in supermarkets.
She also suggested that perhaps Indian people just don’t make a distinction between lemon and lime the way we do. And I can see how that would make sense seeing as they look almost identical, and taste pretty much the same here.
All the same – I do find it all a bit odd.
Anyway, this post is really just to show you what Indian lemons look like. If you do see a yellow Indian lemon – like the top one in the pics – it’s elderly and probably not as nice as a green one.
Frankly, I can’t believe I had to write that last sentence. Green lemons. It’s just so wrong.
If you’d like a post with a few more actual words in it, then check these earlier posts:
And do please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.