Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fact of the Day: Sailor Lime

The lack of Vitamin C often will cause the disease scurvy, especially for sailors at sea. 19th century British sailors were given limes to prevent scurvy. While lemons have more Vitamin C, limes were easier to get. 

23 comments:

  1. I can't hear about scurvy without thinking of the Ashfall trilogy of books. They ate a lot of kale to prevent scurvy in those books.

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  2. nice to know there is a sailor lime :)

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  3. Yeah, when they finally found out what caused scurvy, it must have been such a relief for sailors...

    -Kati

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  4. Oh you just solved a mystery for me. I've always wondered why British sailors were called Limies.

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  5. That is interesting, I would have thought lemons were more common.

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  6. lemons are abnormally expensive here in my country this summer... it's like 5 dollars for a pound....

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    1. Oh my dear gosh. Five bucks for one pound?

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  7. And of course that's why British sailors were nicknamed "Limeys."

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  8. Limes taste really good, better than lemons.Kisses:)

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  9. Well at least they had something to prevent scurvy

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  10. I learned about this in school, I remember.

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  11. I didn't know that. I love lemons and limes, can eat them just like an orange but I use them in marinades quite often.

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this, Adam!

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  13. I wouldn't have made a good sailor. Not even with limes.

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