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.
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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 recipes.

Varieties of Lime
There are three different types of lime which are as follows:

Key Lime - this variety is a pale, yellow green color fruit which is very strong, sharp and juicy.

Mexican Lime - this type has bright green skin, it's quite a small variety with a strong but aromatic flavor.

Tahitan 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
The 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.

Lime juice 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 jellies.
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