Lime has high nutritional value as this fruit is particularly
rich in vitamin C. Sometimes it's too tangy to eat, however,
vitamin C is very important as it helps us to fight against
illness, as well as the common cold and flu.
This is because this vitamin heals the body and helps it to
function better by strengthening our immune systems. Try adding
a few drops of lime juice to cordial as this is an excellent way
of reaping the benefits from this fruit - particular for kids
who will love lime water or soda.
Lime also provides vitamin A, iron
and calcium, although no where near the level of vitamin C which
the fruits contains.
Lime belong to the citrus family,
this fruit is the smallest citrus fruit. It is bright green in
colour and rounded in shape, although not completely circular.
The skin of a lime is thin but tough, and the taste of the flesh
is very sharp and acidic.
Although Limes are good for
you due to their high vitamin content, they can be difficult to
eat alone as this fruit's taste is so strong. However, many
people prefer adding a slice of lime to a drink (rum punch
tastes delicious with lime), some use the zest for cooking or
just simply adding a few drops of lime juice to some dishes can
give it added flavor.
Lime is particular popular for use
in Latin American, Caribbean, Mexican and South Asian cooking
Varieties of Lime
There are three different types of lime which are as follows:
Lime - this variety is a pale, yellow green color fruit which is
very strong, sharp and juicy.
Lime - this type has bright green skin, it's quite a small
variety with a strong but aromatic flavor.
Lime - this fruit has a strong taste, it is acidic and larger in
size than the Mexican type. It has place colored flesh.
Please note - Kaffir limes belong to a subspecies of the citrus
fruit family. They are not edible limes, however, their leaves
can be used for flavoring. The fruit's skin is not smooth like
normal lime, it has a bumpy texture.
The History of Lime
lime fruit originated in India. It is grown on a tree which
proved difficult to grow n European and Meditteranean countries.
This fruit grows well in tropical regions, and countries such as
Egypt and the West Indies, where the lime tree enjoys the
climate and prospers well.
Picking and Storing Lime
When picking lime, look for
firm, unblemished skin and try to choose the heaviest ones. Look
for nice green colored skin that is not yellowing at all. Limes
can be stored in the refrigerator for several days or more.
Preparing Lime for Cooking
Lemon and lime are similar in many ways so many of the same
cooking and serving methods apply to both citrus fruits.
However, the strength of limes should be taken into
consideration when cooking and preparing recipes. Bear in mind
that lime is stronger and sharper than lemon, therefore, less of
the fruit should be added to cooking recipes.
can be added to sweeten and add a delicious tangy taste to all
kinds of drinks including cocktails, or even lager! Lime juice
is excellent with chicken. The fruit can be cooked with fish or
poultry to add flavor. Lime can be used for many delicious
recipes including jam, chutney, dips, pickles, marmalade and