A few years ago my friend Jesica and I were shopping at a market, and she pointed out some extra-large limes. "Mira, esa es nuestra lima." Look, that's our lime. She made me taste some -- I was a little wary of sticking half a lime in my mouth -- and I was amazed. The lima didn't taste like regular Mexican lime at all. It was like a pear crossed with a sweet orange, with an intense, floral perfume. From then on, I called lima "nuestra lima" just because I liked how that sounded. I tasted some at the markets when vendors offered ("Quiere lima guerita?"), but I never bought any because I didn't know what to do with it. Then, last week, after tasting an especially juicy lima at Mercado San Juan, I thought: what the hell have I been waiting for? I bought a kilo and decided to make agua fresca. When I got home that night, I squeezed the lima juice and added strawberries and a little sugar. The result was exactly what I'd imagined in my head: whisperingly sweet with a bite from the berries. And the smell! It could've come from a spray bottle. Or a flower bouquet. I served it to my friends Erik and Liz for dinner and Erik said: "This tastes like summer." Best compliment ever. My only duda, as they say, is that I don't know lima's official scientific name, therefore I don't know if you can find it outside Mexico. Ricardo Muñoz Zurita's Mexican Gastronomy Dictionary says they're citrus aurantifolia, but that doesn't sound correct, as these limes aren't tart or acidic. I think they may be citrus limetta. Anyone out there care to comment? Can you find these in the United States, Europe or elsewhere? In the meantime, if you live in Mexico, please make this agua fresca and sip it outside, preferably at sunset on a weekend night. You can find limas at Mercado San Juan or the Condesa Tuesday tianguis, and I'm sure elsewhere. Strawberry-Lima Agua Fresca* *Remember this is the Mexican sweet lime, not the tart limón Makes 12 cups, which four people can finish in one sitting, because it's THAT good Ingredients 1 cup fresh-squeezed lima juice (about eight limas) 12 strawberries, quartered 4 tablespoons sugar 12 cups water Directions I actually halve this recipe and make two batches, since my blender only holds 6 cups of water at a time. So place half of the above in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain into pitcher. Repeat with second batch and serve cold or room-temperature.