Limes are small in size, and are globular to oblong in shape. Their rind, also known as the peel, is thin, smooth and a little bumpy with many small oil glands visible across the surface, and shiny green color transitioning into a yellow hue with maturity. Underneath the rind, their flesh is soft, juicy, pale green in color, seedless or may have a few small inedible seeds, and is divided into 10-12 sections by thin white membranes. They are available throughout the year. They are native to Asia in an area described as the Indo-Malayan region, which stretches from India to Southeastern Asia, including the Philipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Today they can be found growing throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world and are highly cultivated in Mexico, India, Iran, China, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. They are predominantly used in Asian cuisine.
Limes should feel heavy for their size. Select limes that are bright in color, without any discolorations or spots.
Excess consumption of Limes can cause itchiness, redness, and swelling.(2)
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