Grower = Papa Juan, Qld
We may be small but we pack a punch in the flavour and nutrition stakes. You see we have the ability to bring out the flavour of other foods, as well as tasting great ourselves. And we’re packed full of vitamin C - that’s how English sailors got the nickname Limeys, because lime juice was given to them when they were at sea to stop them getting a disease called scurvy, which is caused by a lack of vitamin C. So you see, we have a lot to offer. Let me tell you more.
We’re thin-skinned, glossy-green to yellow in colour, with beautiful green flesh. Round to almost egg-shaped, about 5cm long, we have a small point at one end. Inside, our flesh is divided into segments by very thin membranes; each segment containing hundreds of little translucent bags which hold our juice. We have an attractive scent and tangy acid flavour.
The health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders, etc.
The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the reliable lime. This sour citrus fruit can do what many advanced medicines cannot. Lime, bearing the scientific name Citrus Aurantifolia, has been used for ages in the treatment of various ailments.
Lime is consumed throughout the world in the form of sorbet, beverages, refreshing cocktails, pickles, jams, jellies, snacks, candies, sugar boiled confections and in cooking. The oil extracted from its peel or skin is extensively used in soft drink concentrates, body oils, cosmetic products, hair oils, toothpastes, toilet and beauty soaps, disinfectants, mouth washes, deodorants and innumerable other products. There are many varieties of lime found all over the world, particularly in the tropical and the Mediterranean climates.