I’m not sure what these fruits are called in real life but around here they call them “Orange Limes” which interestingly is a good name for them. You’d be surprised.
You see, Mexicans often use funny names for things.
Take limes for insistence. Limes are limones and Lemons are Limas. Sounds backwards to me. And it is if you’re Panamanian. There, Limes are called limas and Lemons are called Limones. Do I have you thoroughly confused? Imagine living here.
I didn’t actually remember that these existed because I haven’t seen them and/or purchased them in a few years. Everyone always buys the green limes and that’s that. The reason why I bought them was because green limes went up today to 30MXN a kilo ($3) from around $15 (which is still twice as high as usual). The horror!
So, instead of buying them, I did what any Mexican would do; turned up my nose, shook my head and said “What? How expensive!”. Then, the old ladies in the shop heard me and asked “How much?” and then they too shook their heads. Then, we all talked about how expensive things were. And so goes the circle of conversation around here.
Truth be told, I could care less. However, I didn’t want to let them know that. I’m so honoured that they’ll have this bit of “gossip” chat with me that I don’t want anything to break the magic.
So, I bought the orange limes. And they’re sweet. And juicy and taste like a mix between a lime and an orange (funny that). And at less than 1/2 the price of green limes, it looks like we’ll be using them for the time being. Or until tomorrow when the price of green limes goes down again.
If Mexicans are anything, they’re creatures of habit. And I am an honourary Mexican.