Mexican Key Limes
Inventory, 30 lbs : 1.73
This item was last sold on : 01/20/18
Mexican Key limes resemble common limes but are generally smaller and more rounded, roughly 3 to 5 centimeters in diameter. Their kelly green skin is often blushed with yellow, a sign of ripeness. The peel is thin and smooth, with the occasional bumpy texture. The rind is full of volatile oils, which are released by zesting or scratching the surface of the rind. The segmented, seed-bearing flesh is known for its tart juice, with bitter undertones.
Mexican Key limes are available year-round, with a peak season from late summer into early winter.
Mexican Key limes are botanically members of Citrus aurantifolia. They are named for their country of origin, though it is actually one of many names given to the petite lime. They are also referred to as Key lime, Thorny lemon, and Limon verde. These names are references to growing regions. In Mexico, Mexican Key limes are offered in place of the larger limes at restaurants and in markets.
Mexican Key limes are a great source of vitamin C, folate and potassium. The essential oils found in the rind of key limes, containing over 60 different volatile compounds, provide antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antioxidant benefits. Research is being conducted on the anti-cancer benefits of key limes.
Mexican limes add a tart flavor to sherbet, fruit punch, numerous beverages and cocktails, and is the star ingredient in key lime pie. Zest or juice Mexican limes to enhance salads, breads, soups, vegetables, relishes, and sauces. Citrus is a natural tenderizer for meats and is often used in marinades for this purpose. pairs well with seafood and poultry and may be used as a or in marinades. Mexican limes can be used in salsas or in ceviche, and can be used as a substitute for other key lime varieties. They may also be used as a fragrant garnish or for display. Store Mexican Key limes at room temperature for better juicing quality. Refrigerate for extended storage, keep cut limes refrigerated for up to a week.
It is believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to bring Key limes to the New World. He brought seeds along with him on his second voyage to the Canary Islands, during the year 1493. Key limes were cultivated in the New World since that time.
Mexican Key limes are native to Asia and flourish in tropical and subtropical growing regions. They have been naturalized in several other regions outside of subtropical Asia, including South America, Mexico and Florida. The trees have not adapted to any other regions in America outside of Florida. The juice of the Mexican Key lime is often processed before it is sold commercially. All of the Mexican Key limes sold in the general marketplace are from either Mexico or South America.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Bagby Beer Company||Oceanside CA||760-505-3445|
|Nate's Garden Grill||San Diego CA||619-607-0117|
|Urban Solace||San Diego CA||619-295-6464|
|Hotel Palomar Salt Box - Bar||San Diego CA||619-515-4062|
|Pop Pie Co.||San Diego CA||619-900-4743|
|The Patio on Goldfinch Bar (Mission Hills)||San Diego CA||619-501-5090|
|Vista Valley||Vista CA||760-758-2800|
|Solace & the Moonlight Lounge||Encinitas CA||760-753-2433|
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