Sweet limes might be mistaken for lemons since they are yellow when ripe and ready to use. Limes are yellow when they are fully ripe and develop sugars that make them delicious at this stage. They are not sold when yellow because unripe fruit is easier to ship since it is harder and stores longer when unripe.
Are unripe lemons limes?
If Limes are allowed to fully ripen on the tree, they actually turn from green to yellow. Because of this, some people believe (erroneously) that Limes are just unripe Lemons. Whereas, truth to tell, even the Lemons that we buy are unripe Lemons. Limes have more sugar and citric acid than do lemons.
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