Health Benefits and Nutritional Value
It 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. It also
provides vitamin A, iron and calcium, although no where
near the level of vitamin C which the fruits contains.
This fruit 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
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 this fruit), 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
Nutritional Data and Facts
Nutrition fact: nutritional benefits are excellent as this fruit is
very rich in vitamin C
Try adding a
few drops of lime juice to a glass a of water - this
is an excellent way to encourage children to receive
the juice benefits of citrus fruits
with firm, unmarked skin - the heavier, the better!
Nutrition fact: It can be
used to make jellies, jams, marmalade and the all
time favorite lime pie
Nutrition fact: The fruit comes in
three varieties - key, mexican and Tahitan
and Types of Limes
There are three different types of
limes which are as follows:
Key Lime Nutrition - this variety is a pale,
yellow green color fruit which is very strong, sharp and
Mexican Lime Nutrition - this type has bright green skin, it's
quite a small variety with a strong but aromatic flavor.
Nutrition - 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.
History and Info about Nutrition
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
Limes to retain the fruit's nutrition
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.
Limes 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.
experts and nutritionists believe that a well-balanced
diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and
vegetables per day will help to considerably improve our
lifestyles and ultimately extend our lives