Limes provide some vitamin C, limes contain less of this vitamin than any other citrus.
Limes
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Limes have an obvious and familiar appearance and flavor. They are petite, semi rounded to ovate in shape, tart with a sour bite and of course lime green when young and almost Lemon yellow as they age.

At harvest, Limes have a green thin and porous peel, which when Zested Limes release floral Aromatics.

Limes thinly segmented flesh is a pale yellow-green, fragrant, juicy and tart with a sour bite. Lime juice or fruit is used in a number of dishes and drinks.

Lime flowers are also used in several applications. The Spanish and French dry the flowers and crush them to a powder form to use them as a Lime Tea. The flowers are also used in confections and ice creams and are utilized as bee pollen for honey.

Lime leaves are a quintessential ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisines, lending their aromatics to a multitude of dishes from Thailand to Vietnam.

Season

Limes are in season all year round.

Availability

Limes are available all year round.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Kaffir Limes, Key Limes

Purchasing

Look for Limes that give a little when gently squeezing them in the palm of your hand. This is an indicator the Limes will have less pith, and more juice.

Storage

Limes that are stored at room temperature stay fresh for about a week, if kept out of direct sunlight. Ideally, Limes are best kept in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. They should keep for up to 3-5 weeks, refrigerated.

Culinary Uses

The entire Lime is useful for culinary applications, including the peel, fruit, flowers and leaves.

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Lime juice or zest per recipe.

Pairings

Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Lemongrass, Mint, Salt, Sugar, Vanilla, Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Figs, Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Lemons, Mangoes, Melons, Oranges, Papayas, Passion Fruit, Avocados, Capers, Cilantro, Ginger, Jicama, Peppers, Sweet PotatoesButter, Buttermilk, Cream, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, YogurtBeef, Chicken, Duck, Fish, Lobster, Scallops, Shellfish, Shrimp, Honey, Maple Syrup, Marinades

Substitutes

Lemons

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
LIMES,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 30
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
2%
Potassium 102mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes