Lesson 10: Lime vs Lemon in Español.
How do you say lime and lemon in Spanish? Seems like a simple question, right? Wrong! Like many other gringos and gringas…I was taught the very simple translation of limon = lemon and limon verde = lime. Seemed simple enough to me….until I moved to Mexico, where they don’t even have lemons and then things got ever more complicated in Miami where latinos from all over claim their own version of the lemon/lime debate. So…today, I will try my hardest to get to the bottom of this sour situation!
So..I asked around, searched online and this is what I found:
- Small-ish, green, goes well with tequila and salt
- Sour, yellow fruit (what we consider a lemon in English)
- “ón” ending indicates it’s a larger fruit
- Sweeter fruit, pale green
- Large yellow fruit, not sour…can eat it like an orange
Geeeez- seems like a bunch of contradictions….well, apparently there is no simple solution. Maybe our Spanish teachers were right in teaching us the over-simplified translation. From what I can find out, this mess is a result of the fact that different varieties of lemons/limes exists across Latin America…and what we know as the citrus lemon doesn’t even exist in some countries (like México).
Since I’ve come to no solid conclusion…I want to hear from you! How do you translate lemon and lime? Ayúdanos please!