I have seen limes from time to time in Turkey, but not often. The first time was on vacation at a restaurant in Kas. I hunted them down afterwards and finally found one store selling them. They were imported and extremely expensive.
More recently, I have seen them at specialty shops usually around the holidays. 3 – 4 lira per piece.
Then, a couple of weeks ago a new acquaintance told me a story about how he saw them while he was on vacation. He actually picked them from a tree! I so wanted to believe that story but I just kept thinking to myself that they were not limes but rather a fruit related to the orange with a green peel that I have seen in local grocery stores.
Well, he was right and I was wrong!
Yesterday, my husband surprised me with an entire kilo of what the Turks are calling green lemons! They look like limes on the outside. They look a bit more like lemons on the inside. But they smell like lime. I plan on testing them this evening by making of Mexican recipe.
The costs? Only 4tl per kilo! Go check your local pazar now!
Today is a special day for that acquaintance. I think I will bring him a green lemon!