name that fruit!: dayap

citrus aurantiifolia (christm. et panz.) swingle (?!), dayap, or native lime. in the philippines that is. sometimes called a mexican lime, west indian lime or key lime. it can be used any way a lime can, or even be a substitute for lemon.

i know the absolute easiest way to juice any citrus fruit is to microwave it for 20-30 seconds (to release the juice), cool it, cut in half, then stick a fork in it and twist, but i love my little lime juicer i picked up in los angeles at the farmer's market, one of my most favourite places in the world. if you ever go, stop by bennett's ice cream stand. not only are all the ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts homemade, they have freshly made lemonade and limeade. one of my secret la tips: order the limeade with carbonated water--it's fresh, not too tart, not too sweet, and an absolute quencher on a hot summer's day. also, it's not on the menu; you'll be tipped as an old school los angeleno, rare to find these days.


santos, would this also be called calamansi in Tagalog? or is it something different?

hey claudine

dayap is also known as dalayap, and is one of the two main types of sour lime. i think there are several varieties that fall under the general name of dayap as i've seen some that look like the lime we're used to (light green with a thin rind) and others like the ones pictured which look like calamansi. it is different from calamansi but can be used almost interchangeably (i think so anyway, some will disagree). dayap is bigger, milder, and taste slightly more like lime, and to me seem less acidic. gotta do a post on calamansi soon :-)

over here in Malaysia,

these limes are similar to calamansi or in our native tongue, "limau jeruk".

fact: ice lemon tea here uses calamansi limes instead of kaffir limes.

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Hi Santos,

These look like calamansi to me (X Citrofortunella microcarpa), not Mexican limes.