We did a complete double take when we saw them on the Splendid Table website. They look like little edible marbles or some interesting new nut that you pop out of the shell straight into your mouth.
Apparently, they were one of artist Frida Kahlo's favorite sweets. We have a feeling they will soon be ours as well!
These sweets sound almost like coconut macaroons stuffed inside candied lime peels. You make them by scooping the flesh out of the limes and then gently boiling them in sugar. The coconut is boiled separately with sugar and water until it becomes a soft pulp.
The coconut-stuffed limes are completely edible. We imagine each bite would be chewy and sweet with a burst of fresh citrus tang.
Tiny, thin-skinned key limes would be fantastic for making bite-sized treats. We're also thinking of hollowing out the two halves of a regular lime and using them like a bowl for the coconut filling.
The recipe for these coconut-stuffed limes comes from a new book on Mexican treats by Fany Gerson, "My Sweet Mexico." You can get the recipe and listen to the full interview with the author on the Splendid Table website:
• Get the Recipe: Limones Rellenos de Coco (Coconut-Stuffed Limes) by Fany Gerson
• Hear the Interview: Fany Gerson on The Splendid Table
(Image: Fany Gerson via Splendid Table)