Limes are thin-skinned citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a small green lemon. The peel (also known as zest) has a distinctive citrus aroma and the flesh is very juicy, with a flavour slightly stronger and more tart than a lemon.

Limes are native to India. The peel contains an essential oil which has antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties.

LIME are classed as a fruit.


Lime can be used as a substitute for lemon in most recipes, but it is a stronger, more tart flavour, so less is needed. Squeeze fresh lime juice over other exotic fruits (especially paw paw) to enhance and compliment their flavour.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 45 kcal, 188 kJ protein 1.1g carbohydrate 15.7g fat 0.3g.


Cut in half or into wedges and squeeze out the juice. The rind (or zest) of the lime can be finely grated.


Store in a refrigerator.


Limes should feel heavy for their size and the peel should be smooth, unblemished and shiny. Avoid fruit that are shrivelled, spongy or yellowing - all signs of age.

Fun Fact

Lime juice is often associated with Asian cooking. Thai dishes frequently use lime juice or zest to enhance the other flavours in the dish.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.