Lime (Citrus aurantiifolia - Citrus x latifolia)
Lime is a term referring to a number of different fruits, both species and hybrids, citruses, which have their origin in the Himalayan region of India and which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour and acidic pulp.
Limes are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. They are usually smaller than lemons, and a source of vitamin C. Limes are grown all year round and are usually sweeter than lemons.
Limes can either be sour or sweet, with the latter not readily available in the United States. Sour limes possess a greater sugar and citric acid content than lemons and feature an acidic and tart taste, while sweet limes lack citric acid content and are sweet in flavor.
Key Limes are a small citrus fruit, Citrus aurantiifolia, whose skin and flesh are green in color and which have an oval or round shape with a diameter between one to two inches. It is valued for its unique flavor compared to other limes, with the key lime usually having a more tart and bitter flavor. The name comes from its association with the Florida Keys, where it is best known as the flavoring ingredient in Key lime pie.
In cooking, lime (or green lemon as commonly known around the world) is valued both for the acidity of its juice and the floral aroma of its zest. It is a very common ingredient in authentic Mexican, Southwestern United States, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. It is also used for its pickling properties in ceviche. Lime extracts and essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products, and aromatherapy.
Lime has a citrus, tart, sweet, with some spice aroma which we relate to summer and happy sunny days since a lemonade is the preferred drink during hot summer days. As the beverage the scent is very refreshing and directly related to Key Lime Pie.
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