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Also Known As : Bara Nimbu, Citrus lima, Limette, Bijapura
Technical Name : Citrus aurantifolia


Taste Profile

Limes have an aromatic, floral scent with an acidic, tangy flavor.

Usage Tips

  1. Limes are used for jams, jellies, and marmalade.
  2. They can also be sliced lengthwise or quartered and used as a garnish for cocktails.
  3. They are best suited for fresh preparations, and both the juice and zest can be used.
  4. Lime juice is a natural tenderizer for meats and is frequently used in marinades, specially for ceviche, and can also be used over any dish as a finishing flavor.
  5. The zest provides bright, citrusy flavors and is used in many preparations including baked goods, desserts, and beverages.
  6. They pair well with meats such as poultry, turkey, beef, pork, and seafood, cauliflower, bell pepper, kale, onions, garlic, avocado, mango, coconut, quinoa, rice, black beans, and herbs such as cilantro, thyme, and oregano.
  7. Limes will keep 1-2 weeks when stored at room temperature and 3-4 weeks when stored in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator.

Common names and forms

  1. Lime
  2. Lime peel
  3. Lime Pieces
  4. Natural Lime


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.

Health benefits

  • Limes are an excellent source of dietary fiber that maintains bowel health.(1)
  • They are a good source of vitamin C which lowers anxiety.(1)
  • They contain minerals like calcium, which helps to prevent kidney stones.(1)
  • Iron in it makes the body energetic.(1)
  • They contain potassium which reduces the bloood pressure.(1)

Selection Guide

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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