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The small to medium-sized, bright orange Lima oranges are round with a slightly ridged, medium-thick rind. The flesh is a yellow-orange and contains few seeds. Lima oranges have a sweet flavor, devoid of any acid content normally found in Valencia or Navel oranges.
Lima oranges are available in the late winter and early spring months.
Lima oranges are an acidless variety of Citrus; one of four cultivars of sweet orange known botanically as Citrus sinensis. This variety is purportedly the most important of three non-acid varieties of orange grown in Brazil, the leading producer of oranges in the world. Lima oranges are an ideal citrus alternative to those who cannot consume acidic fruit.
Lima oranges are high in vitamin C.
Lima oranges are most often eaten fresh, versus being used for processing into juice. Peel Lima oranges and add separated sections to salads or serve as a snack. Juice the sweet Lima orange and combine with other juices for a refreshing beverage or mix with champagne for a sweeter mimosa. The juice can be used with vinegar to make salad dressings or marinades. Lima oranges can be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.
Sweet oranges are a distinct species, related to sour orange C. aurantium, and mandarin orange, C. reticulata and all falling under the umbrella of the Rutaceae, or citrus, family. Lima oranges are an acid-free variety of sweet orange that originated in China and now grow throughout the world’s tropical and semi-tropical regions. Lima oranges are most commonly grown for consumers in Brazil, though they are grown in small orchards in California and Florida for sale at local farmer’s markets.