Asked by: Ales Santaolalla
asked in category: General Last Updated: 22nd January, 2020

Where do Key limes come from?

From the Caribbean, lime cultivation spread to tropical and subtropical North America, including Mexico, Florida, and later California. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, many Key limes on the US market are grown in Mexico, Central America and South America.

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Considering this, what is the difference between a lime and a key lime?

Key limes are smaller and contain more seeds than Persian limes, while Persian limes have a thick, bright green skin, and Key lime skin is thin and tends to be a little on the yellow side. The main difference seems to be that it requires a lot more of that aromatic Key lime juice to make the famous pie sing.

Likewise, what is the season for Key limes? The peak season is during the summer, June through August, but they are available year-round from Mexico and Central America. Unless you live in the Florida Keys or are otherwise a Key Lime pie aficionado, in which case only limes grown in the Keys are acceptable as 'Key Limes'.

Moreover, can I use regular limes in place of key limes?

If you can find good, fresh Key limes, by all means use them. But I've found that regular limes (also known as Tahiti or Persian limes) make just as good a pie. Whatever you do, avoid bottled Key lime juice; the processing changes the flavor significantly.

What are the benefits of key lime?

Limes are a good source of magnesium and potassium.

  • Rejuvenates skin. Several skin care products claim to promote healthier, younger looking skin.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Fights infections.
  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Lowers blood sugar.
  • Reduces heart disease.
  • Prevents cancer.
  • Reduces inflammation.

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