A whole lime next to slices of lime

How to select

Choose firm limes that feel heavy with shiny, smooth skin.

How to prepare

Rinse limes under running water and pat dry with a clean cloth or towel. Cut limes into slices or wedges.

How to store

Keep limes in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Add lime juice to yogurt for a healthy, sweet treat. 
  • Squeeze lime juice into water or other beverages. 
  • Add lime juice to salsas and guacamole.

Fun facts

  • Christopher Columbus brought limes to the New World in the 15th century. 
  • In one year, a lime tree can produce one thousand limes. 
  • Limes sink, but lemons float. 
  • While the juice of a lime is used for food and drinks, lime oil is used to make perfume and cosmetics.

Nutrition info and facts

Limes contain more than 20% of vitamin C needs. Limes are high in vitamin C, which is good for your immune system. Limes contain antioxidants such as flavonoids, limonoids, kaempferol, quercetin, and ascorbic acid. Nutrients in limes can combat signs of aging.

1 medium lime = 20 calories, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber

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Healthline. Limes: A citrus fruit with powerful benefits. April 20, 2023.

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