Citrus aurantifolia (Lime)
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Originates from tropical Southeast Asia, where it can still be found wild.
Cultivars have been developed based on sweetness (usually sour), size,
shape (round or oblong) and colour (yellow or green). All varieties have
relatively thin skins. Lime fruit are used for preserves, garnishes
and juices. Citral oil is extracted for use in perfumes. Lime juice
contains about 40 mg vitamin C per 100 g.
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Society New Encyclopedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley,
Sauer, J.D. 1993. Historical geography of
crop plants - a select roster. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.