Limau


Limau is a term used in Malaysia and Indonesia somewhat generically for citrus fruits.

Adjectives are tacked onto it to further clarify what fruit exactly is meant.
    • "Limau" by itself is a lemon;
    • "Limau Bali" is a pomelo;
    • "Limau gedang" is grapefruit;
    • "Limau Kesturi" is a Kalamansi Lime;
    • "Limau langkat" is a mandarin orange (Citrus suhuiensis), that may have green or orange skin;
    • "Limau manis" is a European bitter orange (even though "manis" means sweet);
    • "Limau nipis" is a key lime (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle) variety with seeds;
    • "Limau Perut" is a kaffir lime leaf (Citrus amblycarpa.)

Whenever you see a recipe calling just for "limau fruits", unless otherwise specified, just use a lemon. If the recipe writer describes it as having dark green coloured skin, then they probably intended "limau nipis", aka key lime.