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Lime

Limon del pais

Rutaceae Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swingle

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Limes grow on relatively small, much branched citrus trees. See Citrus Fruits are of several types. The Mexican or Key lime is near round 1 to 2 inches diameter, with thin rind and acid pulp. Tahiti limes are larger, 2 to 2-1/2 inches diameter. Low acid or sweet limes are available and grown in some countries, but rarely in the U.S. Limes have been crossed with other types of citrus. See Citrus hybrids.


Season, bloom to harvest: 9 months for Mexican; 12 months for Tahiti type.

Production in U.S.: About 20,000 tons.

Use: Ade drinks, culinary, flavoring, in ice cream, confections.

Part of fruit consumed: Juice mainly. Peel may be used in flavoring.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch