The Purple mangosteen, botanical name Garcinia magostana, simply referred to as mangosteen, is an ultra-tropical slow growing evergreen tree that is cultivated for its edible fruit.
Blue Lake Beans
In the early 1980´s blue lake beans replaced the old fashioned KY (Kentucky) bean as the standard variety sold in super markets in the United States.Florida is the leading producer of green beans in the US.
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The Calamondin lime looks like a kumquat in size, shape and color. In tropical environments it may remain green when fully mature, but develops a rich orange color in most other climates. It has a very thin adherent skin with 5 to 10 seeds and 7 to 9 segments. It is extremely tart an acidic even when fully ripe and should not be eaten whole like a kumquat. Rather, it is usually only used as a juicing citrus.
Calamondin limes are available in tropical Asian climates year-round. In North America they are available winter through spring.
The Calamondin lime is a cross between a sour, loose skinned mandarin and a kumquat, therefor technically making it an orangequat. Its botanical name is somewhat confusing as three classifications are accepted: Citrus madurensis, C. mitis and C. microcarpa. The Philippines leads the world in Calamondin lime production, where it is known as Calamansi, generating 40,000 tons per year.
Like most citrus fruits, Calamondin limes are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Calamondin limes are usually used to flavor foods in south-east Asian cuisine, as lemons or limes are used in the rest of the world. The pure juice is often pasteurized and bottled as a beverage or concentrate. The whole fruits may be preserved in jellies, jams or marmalades and used in sauces and custards as an exotic lemon curd alternative.
The Calamondin lime is believed to be a native of China. Today it thrives all throughout eastern Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. It is strongly cold-tolerant and often grown in gardens outside of its native tropical climate.
Recipes that include Calamondin Limes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|White on Rice Couple||Kalamansi (Calamondin) Lime Cocktail|
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