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Mexican Key Limes
Inventory, 30 lbs : 0.90
This item was last sold on : 02/24/20
Key limes are small in size, averaging 3-5 centimeters in diameter, and are round to somewhat elliptical in shape with a short neck on one end. The thin rind is smooth with a leathery texture, bears many small pores that are visible across the skin, and transforms from green to dark green with pale yellow blush when mature. The rind is also full of volatile oils, which can be released by zesting or scratching the surface and is aromatic with floral notes. Underneath the rind, the yellow-green flesh is juicy, fine-grained, soft, filled with inedible seeds, and is divided into 10-12 segments by thin membranes. Key limes have a tart, very acidic taste with floral, herbal notes and some bitter undertones.
Key limes are available year-round, with a peak season from the late summer to early winter.
Key limes, botanically classified as Citrus aurantiifolia, are small fruits found on thorny, evergreen trees that can grow up to three meters in height and belong to the Rutaceae or citrus family. Also known as the Mexican lime, West Indian lime, and Bartender’s Lime, depending on the region the fruit is grown in, Key limes grow in tropical to subtropical climates and are valued by chefs and home cooks for their tart juice and aromatic zest for both sweet and savory culinary applications.
Key limes are a great source of vitamin C, folate, and potassium, and contain zinc, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. The essential oils found in the rind of Key limes, containing over sixty different volatile compounds, also provide antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antioxidant properties.
Key limes are best suited for fresh applications, and both the juice and zest are utilized in sweet and savory preparations. The limes add a tart flavor to numerous beverages such as limeade, fruit punch, and cocktails, and can be incorporated into jams, marinades, syrups, sauces, and marmalades. Key limes are also popularly used in desserts such as Key lime pie, cakes, sorbet, sherbet, and ice cream, and can be used in savory dishes including salads, tacos, ceviche, Thai coconut chicken soup, pickled and fried as an appetizer, or garnished over grilled fish such as salmon. Key limes pair well with meats such as fish, poultry, pork, and beef, rice, quinoa, cilantro, bell pepper, green onions, garlic, onions, and tomatoes. The limes will keep up to two weeks when stored in a cool and dry place. The juice will keep for 2-3 months when stored in the freezer.
In the United States, Key limes are most well-known for their use in Key lime pie which was created in the 1850s after condensed milk was invented for commercial use. In Central America, Key limes are known as Mexican limes are used in savory dishes such as sopa de lima, which is a chicken soup with vegetables, and in liquors, cocktails, and pastries in Mexico. In addition to culinary applications, the lime juice has been used to dye leather in the Caribbean, while the powdered dried peel is used to clean metal in India.
Limes are native to Asia in an area described as the Indo-Malayan region, which stretches from India to Southeastern Asia, including the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and have been growing since ancient times. Key limes were then believed to have been brought to North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region by Arabian traders in the 10th century and to the Western Mediterranean region by crusaders during the 11th and 12th centuries. On his second trip to the New World in 1493, Christopher Columbus introduced the fruits and the seeds to the West Indies where they were planted throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida. By 1883, Key limes were being grown commercially in Florida until a hurricane in the 1920s destroyed the majority of the crop. Today, Key or Mexican limes are predominately grown in Mexico and Central America and can also be found at farmers markets and specialty grocers in the United States, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean.
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Del Sol Market - Yuma, AZNear Yuma, Arizona, United States
280 S 4th Ave Yuma AZ 85364
About 37 days ago, 1/21/20
Fry's Food Store
Fry's Food & Drug - Yuma, AZNear Yuma, Arizona, United States
500 W 24st Yuma AZ 85364
About 37 days ago, 1/21/20
Food City - Southern AveLimassol, Cyprus
4727 E Southern Ave Phoenix AZ 85042
About 39 days ago, 1/19/20
El Super - E Southern AveNear Mesa, Arizona, United States
1251 E Southern Ave Mesa AZ 85204
About 50 days ago, 1/07/20
El Rancho Market
El Rancho Market - 19th AveNear Glendale, Arizona, United States
8901 N 19th Ave Phoenix AZ 85021
About 52 days ago, 1/06/20
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Steve Murray Jr.Near Santa Monica, California, United States
Bakersfield CA 93307
About 106 days ago, 11/13/19
Buford Highway Farmers Market
Buford HWY Farmers MarketNear Doraville, Georgia, United States
5600 Buford HWY NE Doraville GA 30340
About 187 days ago, 8/24/19
Sharer's comments : Key limes at Buford Farmers Market
H-Mart Near San Diego, CA, United States
About 216 days ago, 7/26/19
Baja Ranch Market
Baja Ranch MarketNear Altadena, California, United States
2515 N Fair Oaks Drive Altadena CA 91001
About 243 days ago, 6/28/19
Buy Low Market
Buy Low Market - State College BlvdNear Anaheim, California, United States
1086 N State College Blvd. Anaheim CA 92806
About 250 days ago, 6/22/19
Sharer's comments : Looks like the one I grew up with in Florida.
Crown Valley Marketplace (Persian Market)
Crown Valley MarketNear Ladera Ranch, California, United States
2771 Center Dr. Mission Viejo CA 92692
About 251 days ago, 6/21/19
Windmill Farms Near La Mesa, California, United States
About 283 days ago, 5/20/19
Sharer's comments : 1 to 1 1/2 inch little, tangy, key limes.
Mar Vista Farmers Market
Steve Murray Jr.Near Venice, California, United States
About 403 days ago, 1/20/19
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Mar Vista Farmers Market.
Redland Market Square Farmers Market
Redland Market VillageNear Princeton, Florida, United States
24420 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead 33032
About 403 days ago, 1/20/19
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Redland Market Square Farmers Market.
Robert Is Here Fruit Stand & Farm
Robert Is Here Fruit StandNear Florida City, Florida, United States
19200 SW 344th St , Homestead 33034
About 403 days ago, 1/20/19
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Robert Is Here Fruit Stand & Farm.
Yellow Green Farmers Market
Yellow Green Farmers MarketNear Hollywood, Florida, United States
1940 N 30th Rd, Hollywood 33021
About 404 days ago, 1/19/19
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Yellow Green Farmers Market.
Little Italy Mercato
Bob Polito Family FarmsNear San Diego, California, United States
About 432 days ago, 12/22/18
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Little Italy Mercato.
LIME Near Rancho Cordova, California, United States
About 449 days ago, 12/04/18
Specialty ProduceNear San Diego, California, United States
1929 Hancock st. San Diego
About 450 days ago, 12/04/18
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Specialty Produce.
Asian Food Center Near Shoreline, Washington, United States
About 667 days ago, 4/30/18
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Asian Food Center.
Dunedin Green Market Near Dunedin, Florida, United States
About 698 days ago, 3/31/18
Sharer's comments : Mexican Key Limes spotted at Dunedin Green Market. Dlorida key lime!