Lemon vs. Lime


Limes and lemons are both citrus fruits rich in Vitamin C.

Lemons are yellow and limes are green. Limes are smaller than lemons. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, lemons are a richer source of Vitamin C than limes, with 53mg Vitamin C per 100g raw lemon (without peel) compared to 29mg in limes.

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Taste Sour bitter/sweet
Vitamin C 53 mg per 100g 29 mg per 100g
Vitamin A 22 IU per 100g 50 IU per 100g
Calcium 26mg per 100g 33mg per 100g
Folate (important during pregnancy) 11mcg per 100g 8mcg per 100g
Iron 0.6mg per 100g 0.6mg per 100g
Potassium 138mg per 100g 102mg per 100g
Magnesium 8mg per 100g 6mg per 100g
Phosphorous 16mg per 100g 18mg per 100g
Other minerals Traces of selenium, zinc, manganese and copper Traces of selenium, zinc, manganese and copper
Species Citrus x limon Citrus x latifolia
Genus Citrus Citrus
Order Sapindales Sapindales
Family Rutaceae Rutaceae
Subclass Rosidae Rosidae
Class Magnoliopsida Magnoliopsida
Division Magnoliophyta Magnoliophyta
Kingdom Plantae Plantae

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As a dessert: E.g. Lemon Pie vs Lime Pie

Lemon Pie (click to enlarge)
Lemon Pie (click to enlarge)
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Lime Pie(click to enlarge)

As beverages: E.g. Lemonade vs Limonade

Lemonade (click to enlarge)
Lemonade (click to enlarge)
Limeade and raspberry cocktail (click to enlarge)
Limeade and raspberry cocktail (click to enlarge)

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Anonymous comments (12)

March 11, 2014, 8:45pm

Lemon=limón = Green
Lime=Lima= Yellow

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February 7, 2011, 3:11am

Limes and lemons are NOT the same.

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April 12, 2010, 8:25pm

Lemons and Limes are different fruit. They're closely related but two different species.

Does anyone drink Simply Lemonade and Limeade ? I'm drinking the Limeade, it's so good. And now I see limes>lemons for nutrients. I like them both.

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April 21, 2011, 8:18pm

Lemons and Limes are NOT the same. To the ordinary person they both have similar uses. I live in Jamaica (Caribbean) and I have both trees. Both fruits are green before changing to yellow when ripe. The difference between the two is that we normally consider a lime to be over-ripe by the time it turns to yellow, but it is normal to allow the lemon to ripen to yellow to get the best flavor.

They are definitely not poisonous. Especially for anyone with a western diet we all tend to accumulate acidity in the body as we get older and the juice of the lemon (and by extension I think the lime) are said to be the top way to reduce acidity in the body.

My grandmother told me that she survived a late pregnancy with her last child only because of the juice of the lemon. Up until her death at the age of 93 she was a firm believer in the benefits of the lemon. She regularly made a tea with the skin of the ripe lemon.

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December 29, 2008, 8:56am

wow judging by the table limes are essentially better than lemons

— 67.✗.✗.127

June 7, 2014, 3:26pm

lemon an lime are almost desame thing nw

— 37.✗.✗.199

May 29, 2012, 6:08pm

how do you keep limes from drying out so fast?

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March 15, 2010, 8:33pm

The common distinction that limes are green and lemons are yellow is false. Both fruits are green in the early stages untill they mature then turn yellow when they ripen. Lemons are usually bigger, oval in shape and their rinds are thicker than that of a lime. Limes are usually smaller, more round in shape and the rind is thiner and smoother than that of the lemon. The green limes seen in the grocery store are only green because they were picked before they turned yellow. If left on the tree, the green lime will eventually turn yellow. Make no mistake a yellow lime is not a lemon, it's just a lime which was allowed to ripen.

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January 2, 2009, 5:53am

Ummm to previous poster. I've had lime trees on my property while living in central america, I also had a lemon tree, The lime trees had limes, wich never turned yellow, and the lemon tree would have lemons that would turn yellow when ripe.

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April 16, 2014, 5:37pm

I always remember as I was a kid My father always made. Green Hot lemon tea Before I went to bed He would always say get me a (limon) in Spanish. Whether it was yellow or green. I never knew lime exist I always call both of them lemon until I started hearing people call the green one lime..

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July 1, 2008, 5:20pm

lemons are man made limes are natural lemons are highly acidic limes are highly alkaline stay away from lemons people they are very poisonous

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November 25, 2008, 2:52pm

Lemom amd Lime are exactly the SAME

A Lime is nothing but an immature Lemon

Has anyone EVER seen a Lime Tree or Rather Lemon Tree?

— 68.✗.✗.146


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