It's Lime Time
Health Benefits | Fun Facts | Selection Tips | Availability | Storage | Recipes

Although limes are rarely consumed by themselves, the tart and tangy little fruit packs a powerful punch when it comes to adding flavor to both beverages and recipes! What better way to escape into a mental tropical vacation than by treating yourself to cuisine such as grilled chicken kissed with fresh lime juice, followed by a tall, cool glass of sweet limeade? And with summer still months away, there's no better time to do it than right now. As all fruits and vegetables, limes are overflowing with nutritional value. They are fat and cholesterol free, low in calories, high in vitamin C, and a good source of fiber.

Health Benefits
Lime are fat- and cholesterol-free, low in calories, a good source of fiber, and high in vitamin C. They also contain phytochemicals, which may help protect against cancer and other diseases.

Fun Facts

  • Limes are native to India. They were probably introduced in the New World in the late 15th century by Christopher Columbus, who carried lime seeds with him on his second voyage.
  • Why are Englishmen called "Limeys"? Limes contain Vitamin C, which combats scurvy. During the 19th century, English soldiers were rationed one lime (which cost less than lemons) a day to fight this complaint.

Selection Tips
Limes with light-green skins are juicier. Choose ones that have smooth, shiny skin and feel heavy for their size.

Availability
The Fresh1 limes come from Mexico and are available year round.

Storage
Store limes in the refrigerator. To get the most juice out to add to your recipes, keep limes at room temperature before squeezing.

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