Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) is part of the Rutaceae family. It is native to Southeast Asia. Limes are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. Limes are grown all year round and are usually smaller and sweeter than lemons.
In cooking, lime is valued both for the acidity of its juice and the floral aroma of its zest. It is a very common ingredient in several cuisines.
Lime is an essential ingredient of any cuisine from India, and many varieties of pickles are made, e.g. sweetened lime pickle, salted pickle, and lime chutney.
Lime leaves are also a herb in South, East, and Southeast Asia.
Lime is frequently used to add flavour to cold and hot drinks, including water, tonic and other cocktails.
Medicinal uses :
Lime extracts and essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products, and aromatherapy.
In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chilis to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye.
Taste is sour but more aromatic than lemon.
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