The word Lime conjures up all manner of gourmet delights, but the one that springs to mind first is the slice that is perched on the side of a salt-rimmed glass filled with crushed ice and Margaritas! The tequila and lime mix has to be the world’s best.
The lime is rarely consumed on its own. Limes are second only to lemons in terms of importance as a flavouring agent for foods, drinks and other, non-edible, products for home and industrial use. The use of lime juice and lime zest to enhance the flavour of rice, potatoes, salads, and cooked vegetables will cut down the amount of salt you need to use, and eliminate the need for adding fat. Lime juice is excellent in marinades, beverages, salad dressings, guacamole, seafood and barbecue sauces, fish and meat stews, sorbets, jams, and let us not forget Key Lime pie.
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The lime is also famous for the role it played in 18th century English sailors becoming known as "limeys." Scurvy was the plague of sailors until it was discovered that when they received a ration of one lime a day it stoped. While they knew that it worked they did not know why, and it wasn't until scientists discovered vitamin C that they figured out that it was the vitamin contained in the fruit that gave the protection. Limes should be firm, glossy, and bright in colour. For the juiciest limes, choose those that are heavy for their size with thin skins. Avoid fruit that is hard or spongy and soft, although it should have some give.
Limes are easy to grow, like most citrus trees, and they flourish best in full sun and will also do well if tended, cared for and fed, in a large container.
Citrus. Bearss Lime AKA Tahitian Lime. A tangy Lime with seedless fruit that is usually picked in winter when the skin is aromatic and green. Needs a sheltered frost free site to crop really well. Can be grown in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3.5m
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Citrus.The essential Lime to use for culinary purposes as all parts of the 'Kaffir' are strongly aromatic especially the unusual 'double' leaves - these are a vital ingredient in Thai and Indonesian cuisine. The fruit are green, rough and 'warty' and not particularly juicy. Evergreen.
The word "Kaffir" is Arabic for infidel or what Muslims used to call unbelievers. How it became associated with a Lime tree I have yet to discover. However in this case it has no relation to its use as a derogatory term in some cultures.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Citrus. An interesting Citrus that is a cross between a Lime and a Kumquat hence the name. Excellent bearing properties with regular heavy crops of oval lemon fruit that are juicy, acidic and full of Vitamin C. Can be grown in a container or in the garden in a sunny well drained position.
The Limequat fruit is very popular for culinary purposes and can be used as you would a lemon or a lime. The fruit doesn't have pips.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Citrus. Mexican or Key Lime. Flowers and fruits almost continuously if grown in a nice warm sheltered position. The fruit is small and round and yellow when completely ripe. Ideal for container growing. Needs protection from frost. Popular for culinary purposes. Evergreen.
Limes can be used green when they are considered immature right through to when they turn yellow when they are fully ripe. The most tangy 'Lime' flavour is obtained when the fruit are half way between and are coloured a yellow-green.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3.5m
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Citrus. Mandarin Lime. This Citrus has a bit of an identity crisis in that it looks like a Mandarin but tastes like a lime. It hails from India and its a vigorous grower with light green foliage and relatively few thorns. The fruit is considered superior for marmalade production. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
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Citrus. This variety is great for that small garden or entertaining area. It is also popular grown in pots for balcony living. The fruit is used in cooking and as decoration and flavour in drinks. These plants are classic additions to any garden.
Habit: Compact upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Citrus. Aromatic foliage, highly scented flowers and delicious small juicy fruit. What more could you want. Harvest the fruit when green for that really tangy zing. The fruit gradually turns yellow when fully ripe. Great for cool refreshing drinks. Happiest in a sunny well drained position.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
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Citrus. A grafted dwarf variety of the popular Tahitian Lime. Aromatic foliage, fragrant flowers and delicious small juicy fruit. What more could you want? Harvest the fruit when green for that really tangy zing. The fruit will turn yellow when fully ripe. Happiest in a sunny well drained position. Evergreen.
As with all Citrus your new Lime will do its best when fed and watered regularly. Do not allow your tree to completely dry out in summer especially if grown in a container.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Citrus. Not only is this a great decorative plant the fruit which are produced in good quantities can be used for culinary purposes. Glossy green foliage, fragrant white blossom and small yellow fruit with edible skin that are a cross between a Lime and a Kumquat. Evergreen.
Your Limequat can be grown in a container as long as it is fed and watered regularly. It will do best in a sunny sheltered position with protection from harsh frost.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std