Are Limes Unripe Lemons? No, But Their Looks Are Deceiving!
Stroll past the limes and lemons at your grocery store and you’ll be seeing the results of centuries of hybridization. Hybrid Key limes and lemons share a wild ancestor, the citron. And when they cross pollinated, Persian limes resulted. To confuse things more, all three start green and ripen to yellow. So no, green limes aren’t unripe lemons. They’re simply unripe limes!