Size: 4,5kg 48/54/60
Boxes on a Pallet: 216
Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia)
Limes are oval or globose bright green fruits with a sour, pungent flavor. This shrubby tree, up to 5 m (16 ft), is originating from the Malay Archipelago. The origin of the name lemon is Persian. The trunk rarely grows straight, with many branches that often originate quite far down on the trunk. The leaves are ovate 2.5–9 cm (1–3.5") long, resembling orange leaves. The flowers are 2.5 cm (1") in diameter, are yellowish white with a light purple tinge on the margins. Flowers and fruit appear throughout the year but are most abundant from May to September.
Limes contain a very high level of vitamin C. British sailors were issued a daily allowance of lemons or limes to prevent scurvy, giving them thenickname Limey. Biologically, they are identical to lemons, except for certain chemicals being the chiral opposite (i.e. the mirror reflection), and arise as a mutation in lemon trees, or from seeds resulting from these. If limes stay on the tree for a long time they turn yellow and resemble a small roundish lemon.
Lime juice is used in cooking and in soft drinks, and limeade (like lemonade). Alcoholic drinks closely associated with the lime include cocktails such as the mojito, and many varieties of tequila. Also beer is accompanied with limes in Mexico and other countries. Some like to eat them as fruits, as did the British sailors. Miniature limes are commonly referred to as cocktail limes. Lime extracts and essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleansing products, and for aromatherapy.