A splash of lime will lighten summer’s heat

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Aug 10, 2011 - 06:36 PM

Photo: Limes have no limits in the world of creative cuisine. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

Limes have no limits in the world of creative cuisine. Photo by Betty Wrenn Day.

A squeeze of lime, a source of vitamin C, has virtually no calories, but boy, what a delicious accent is for foods, vegetables and beverages. It can be a special treat in beverage form, when temperatures reach an all-time high. Even its aroma can give a feeling of coolness.

Where would the caipirinha, gin and tonic, margarita, mojito, tequila and limeade be without the lime? A Key lime pie is one of America’s favorite pies. The leaves of some limes are an important seasoning in Pacific Rim cuisine as are dried limes in Persian cuisine. You can easily substitute limes for lemons in any dish. Limes seem to have no limit in the world of creative cuisine.

The main limes used in the United States are of two varieties. The Persian or Tahitian is the principal supermarket lime and the Key lime, also known as Mexican Lime, is a sweeter, smaller lime used especially in Key lime pie.