A refined flavour
The lime is a citrus fruit native to South-East Asia. It is smaller than a lemon and has a round or oval shape and a thin, smooth, dark-green rind. Its very juicy and fragrant flesh can be acidic depending on the variety. Its juice, which is more intense than that of lemons, enhances fruit salads, cocktails, grogs, ti-punch and pastries, as well as shellfish and crustaceans. Its zest is also used to flavour dishes.
Lime is rich in vitamin C which has multiple properties (slowing down cell ageing, preventing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, protecting against infections, accelerating healing, preserving bones and teeth), iron (role in the formation of red blood cells) and copper (necessary for the formation of haemoglobin and collagen, a protein involved in tissue structure and repair).