A few days back, while scrolling through Twitter, I came across a photo of a sight I’d never seen: a plate full of symmetrically-arranged lime segments, sans skin. This naked citrus sat beneath a pool of dim, standard-issue lighting you’d find in any domestic setting.
In the past few days, this mere tweet has collected nearly 24,000 retweets and nearly 60,000 likes as of writing. It's prompted a number of confessions on Twitter, admissions from people who hadn't seen naked limes before. This original tweet inspired a motley of opinions: Some have been peeling their limes for years, topping them with salt and sugar (scraping them of skin doesn’t render them inedible, after all), while others recoil at the sight (“Satan’s margarita,” quipped one epigrammatist on Twitter). The tweets were even aggregated by Twitter itself into what we call a Twitter Moment.
These numbers speak for themselves: There’s an astonishing number of people who haven’t seen peeled limes before, and I’m afraid that I’m part of this depressingly large demographic. All this in spite of liking the fruit generally more than most people! I suck on limes for leisure, an act others might consider a form of self-flagellation. Call me myopic and unimaginative if you wish, but I hadn’t even thought of peeling a lime before.
If you’ve sworn by peeled limes, now’s your chance to say you were ahead of the game, that you beat the fad. But if you're more like me, take this as a chance to expand your horizons. Steal a moment to savor the beauty of the naked lime. Peel the next lime you see, if you're so motivated.
Do you peel your limes? Please let me know in the comments.