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Pagès has chosen to associate Lime with some of its creations. Its acidulous taste blends perfectly with other plants and allows you to create original drinks.

Lime, a citrus fruit with tangy notes that can be enjoyed all year round

ORIGINS OF LIME

If the dates are imprecise, it is believed that Lime has been known to man since Western Antiquity. Botanical descriptions of this citrus fruit are late: the first writings on Gallet lime (Citrus aurantiifolia) can be found in 1913 and those on Persian lime in 1951. It was agreed that the Lime tree originated in Southeast Asia. Its genetic proximity to Combava, Citron and Macroptera suggests that it can be found in the Philippines. Some claimed to have found it in India and Malaysia. Its spread in the rest of the world is also generally unknown. It is believed that Lime was spread in the Mediterranean basin by the Crusaders.

Its western name comes from the Spanish word "lima", a generic name that covered several species at the time. At first it referred to acidic fruits, later it was used to name sweet fruits as well. This definition will be found until the end of the 18th century. In France, "lime" referred to three green fruits, including Lime, but very different from each other. It was not until many years later that the definition of the word "lime" was changed to Lime fruit only.

Lime is nowadays a very popular citrus fruit all over the world. It is used for its medicinal properties and for its characteristic taste, which goes perfectly with culinary dishes and drinks. Mexico is the world's leading producer of Lime.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF LIME

Name: Citrus litifola and Citrus aurantiifolia
Family: Rutaceae
Species: Citrus fruit

Fruit of the Limetree, the Lime is a citrus fruit that is also called "lime" or "acid lime".

It is harvested at maturity almost all year round. Medium green in colour, the Lime's skin is thick and slightly textured. It contains a pulp with green reflections, seedless. There are several species of lime, the two best known are "Citrus litifola" and "Citrus aurantiifolia". Other types of lime include "Mediterranean lime" (or "Palestinian lime"), "Tunisian lime", "Rangpour lime", "southern lime", etc.

The Limetree has evergreen foliage. Its flowering is annual, the tree constantly presents beautiful white flowers very fragrant. The bark of Limetree is smooth and fine. The Limetree prefers soils with normal humidity and needs a high exposure to the sun.

 

USES OF LIME

Lime essential oil is used for therapeutic purposes or in perfumery and cosmetics. It is said to allow you to recharge your batteries and refocus on vital energies. It is given important virtues such as the ability to fight stress and tension. Its fresh and invigorating scent is much appreciated. Lime can be found in the composition of facial creams but also deodorants, its purifying action being perfectly adapted to this use.

Lime is also used in cooking. The Western people use it a lot to enhance sweet dishes (pies, ice creams and sorbets, marmalades). Lime is also present in salty cuisine. It is used to season and give more taste to preparations. It goes well with fish and adds a considerable note of pep. Lime, for example, is one of the essential ingredients of the famous ceviche dish, a recipe originating from South America in which various fish or seafood cooked in a marinade and consumed cold are found.

Lime is a key ingredient in tropical cocktails such as the Ti-punch from the West Indies, the Mexican Mojito, the Margarita or the Caipirinha from Brazil. It also goes very well with beer. Some brands ask bartenders to serve their products with Lime. Legend has it that this association was first set up to keep flies, present in hot countries, away from the neck of bottles.

It is also used to make drinks: herbal infusions, iced teas, etc. Once infused, the citrus fruit or its zests powerfully release the characteristic taste of Lime and its virtues. It is therefore found in detox or slimming drinks but also in those that help digestion.


BENEFITS OF LIME

The Lime is, just like the Lemon, a carrier of many virtues. It is a natural skin care product that helps the skin to stay soft and shiny. It can also prevent skin infections and reduce body odours.

It is said that Lime helps to digest. It contains a lot of flavonoids, known to stimulate the digestive system and increase the amount of fluids in the gastric system. Some say it also makes it easier to break down difficult foods and absorb their nutrients faster.

Lime is known to support the cardiovascular system and for its antioxidant action. It eliminates toxins from the body and visibly makes you feel better. It is even given the ability to disinfect and heal surface wounds.

Lime is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help prevent disorders such as arthritis and kidney stones.

Finally, Lime is used for weight loss. Its low caloric intake and high nutritional values make its juice an ideal slimming ally.

 

You will find our Lime products in several Pagès organic products. " Lemon Lime " green tea combines the finesse of tea with the tangy and powerful taste of Lemon and Lime. The "Digestion" herbal infusion is a blend of Mint, Fennel and Lime, it is ideal for consumption at the end of a meal. The "Detox Purification" herbal infusion with Raspberry, Dandelion and Lime leaves is a drink with a very original and tasty taste.