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Mexican Key Limes
Inventory, 30 lbs : 0.80
This item was last sold on : 08/13/18
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 can be released by zesting or scratching the surface of the rind. The segmented, seed-bearing flesh is known for its tart juice, with bitter undertones. The skin color, number of seeds, and size can vary depending on growing conditions.
Key limes are available year-round, with a peak season from late summer into early winter.
Key limes are botanically members of Citrus aurantifolia. They are also referred to as Thorny lemon, Limon verde, and Mexican lime, depending on growing region. Key limes are most popularly known for their use in key lime pies, made in Key West, Florida.
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.
Key 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 Key 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. Key limes pair well with seafood and poultry and may be used as a garnish or in marinades. Key limes can be used in salsas or in ceviche, and can be used as a substitute for other lime varieties. They may also be used as a fragrant garnish or for display. Store Key limes at room temperature for better juicing quality. Refrigerate for extended storage, and keep cut Key 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.
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. In the western United States, 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|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|Dija Mara||Oceanside CA||760-231-5376|
|Solace & the Moonlight Lounge||Encinitas CA||760-753-2433|
|Dominic's Table||La Jolla CA||858-352-6811|
|Bivouac Ciderworks||San Diego CA||816-809-5193|
|Sugar and Scribe||La Jolla CA||858-274-1733|
|Juan Tequila||San Diego CA||520-395-7565|
|Puesto-La Jolla||La Jolla CA||858-775-2289|
|West Steak and Seafood||Carlsbad CA||760-930-9100|
|Urban Solace||San Diego CA||619-295-6464|
|The Shout House||San Diego CA||619-231-6700|
|TBR & Mason Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-609-9245|
|Pacific Cafe & Catering||San Diego CA||858-350-2700|
|Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center||National City CA||619-434-4281|
Recipes that include Mexican Key Limes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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