is a term referring to a number of different fruits (generally citruses
), both species
, which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter
, generally containing sour pulp
, and frequently associated with the lemon
. Limes are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages.
Lime fruit is usually green. AND particularly their juice
, are used in beverages
, such as limeade
(akin to lemonade
). Alcoholic beverages
prepared with limes include cocktails
such as gin and tonic
and Cuba libre
, as well as many drinks that may be garnished with a thin slice of the fruit or corkscrew strip of the peel (twist). One customary consumption of tequila
is in shots
accompanied by lime wedges and salt. Beer
is often served with limes in Mexico
. Lime juice is also used in some commercial soft drinks
, lime is valued both for the acidity of its juice and the floral aroma of its zest
. It is used in Key lime pie
, a traditional Florida dessert
, and is a very common ingredient in authentic Mexican, Southwestern United States
and Thai dishes. It is also used for its pickling
properties in ceviche
. Additionally, the leaves of the Kaffir lime are used in southeast Asian
cuisine. The use of dried limes as a flavouring is typical of Persian cuisine
and Iraqi cuisine
. Limes are also an essential element in Tamil cuisine
In order to prevent scurvy
during the 19th century, British sailors
were issued a daily allowance of citrus such as lime (presumably Citrus aurantifolia
), which led in time to the nickname "limey
" for all Britons. It was later discovered that this beneficial effect derived from the quantities of Vitamin C
the fruit contains.
Lime extracts and essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products, and aromatherapy.
According to FAO, Mexico produced almost 12% of the global output of lemons and limes in 2005 followed by India, Argentina, Iran and Brazil.
Plants known as "lime"