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When a Lime is a Lemon is a Lime

A Lime in Barbados has different meanings to different people. Question a Bajan for a lemon and you will receive a lime. Question for a lime and receive a lime. Lemonade is made with lime juice. Approach a group of men lounging under a breadfruit tree and question what they’re up to and you may hear, “Jus limin’.” Liming is hanging out, passing time, relaxing in the company of friends.

Limes are an intregal part of Bajan cooking. Flying fish is “washed” in lime juice and then rinsed before being marinated in a local seasoning mix. Chicken is marinated in lime and garlic before baking. A rum sour is equal parts lime juice and simple syrup—to two parts rum. Traditional gin and tonic drinkers will likely receive their drinks with a lime in Barbados—unless you specifically question for an imported lemon.

Enjoying a fantastic meal on the island is never a problem, whether you want fine, upscale dining or something local and very casual. You will find virtually every type of cuisine on Barbados, from waterfront dining to international delicacies…ultimately, everywhere you go will find drinks served with the favored Bajan fruit.

So, just relax when in Barbados and learn the practiced art of proper liming. As the saying goes, “when life serves you up a bowl of lemons, make lemonade.” Uh, limeade.

Billy O’Dell is owner of barbadosbarbados.com BarbadosBarbados, an online concierge to Barbados and Bajan cuisine and tourism. He is the owner of Food Affairs, a Bajan catering company that has served many dignitaries and celebrities over the years.

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