LIME

Lime is a citrus fruit with origins in the Middle East. It was introduced into Europe through the Crusades. It is a very aromatic exotic fruit.

Characteristics

There are many varieties and they are usually small in size. They are green or yellow in colour and their flavour is sweet-acidic and sometimes bitter. They have a fleshy pulp divided into refreshing juicy segments. They generally do not have seeds or have very few.

Benefits and properties

  • Rich in vitamin C.
  • Anti-cancer properties.
  • Detoxifying, cleansing and restorative.
  • They help strengthen the immune system.
  • They combat stress, arthritis, skin disease, iron deficiency anaemia, as well as cardiovascular and degenerative problems.

Storage

Like citrus fruits in general, limes keep for a long period of time. In the refrigerator they can keep for 3 or 4 weeks.

Preparation

They are used to dress salads and garnish dishes and also in sauces and to flavour cakes and pies. They are also widely used in the preparation of cocktails such as caipirinha and various refreshing drinks.

They enhance the flavour of other fruits and are used in the preparation of marmalades, ice cream and sorbets.

Limes are widely used by the best chefs in Asian and Mexican cuisine.