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Sweet Limes 101

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

Sweet limes can be easily mistaken for lemons because of their yellow color. From the genus citrus aurantifola, yellow sweet limes are ripe for picking, while green ones haven't reached their full sweetness yet.

Sweet limes have a unique flavor because they have less acid than ordinary limes. In India, Vietnam, Egypt, and on the Mediterranean coast, they're grown as commercial crops. Because it's high in vitamin C and dietary fiber, sweet lime juice is used in India to soothe throat infections, nausea, and fevers.

Sweet limes can be eaten like any ripe fruit. They can also be sliced and added to water instead of lemon, or added to a citrus salad for some extra flavor -- sweet limes are a versatile fruit that can be substituted in instances that would normally call for a lime.

Comments (7)

  • Seaview760 3 Sep, 2008

    Our company grows, packs and sells these sweet limes throughout the USA. I put a video on youtube of the packing we do on these Sweet Limes. We have been growing them since the mid 1980's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtQ_O9hNSJo

  • MaiPal 27 Jun, 2008

    That is so SWEET of you Martha. This episode is great, The Palestine sweet Lime tree, you took me some 40 years back, to my Greandma place in Palestine, where they used to grow lots of Sweet Lime trees in the backYard , her house was surounded with lemon, lime, sweet limes and Oranges.... Now i live in Canada for a while and i am dying to grow the lime tree inside my place , please help me and guide me where in Canada and how i can grow them, i love citrus and yearn to my childhood in the old country - now the land of sad Oranges as some novelist quote - where i use to smell the roots and small buds of the lemon trees... Thank you so much for your show, i love it so much.

  • joanpatch 7 Mar, 2008

    I live in an old barrio in Arizona, and sweet lime trees are a tradition here. There are still many sweet lime trees in the neighborhood. I worked with a chef who produced sweet lime marmalade for historic hotel here using sweet limes from the dishwasher's tree in the barrio.

  • gweicht 28 Feb, 2008

    Star Nursery is also in UT and has a web address www.starnursery.com. The limes are yellow like lemons, delicious and so sweet. You cut and eat them as they are but there are a few seeds.They are wonderful for nausea from chemo, pregnancy,

  • gweicht 28 Feb, 2008

    The lime you are looking for is the Palestine sweet lime. They sell them anywhere you can get exocite fruit. I am in Nevada and the sell the plant at Star Nursery. Nursery is in states of AZ, NV

  • ERM 15 Jan, 2008

    I don't know which lime was discussed on the show, but my garden favorite out here in California is the seedless Bearss (yes, two Ss). With monthly feedings, I get two to three crops a year (including in the winter) off my dwarf tree... several hundred very large limes... which I juice and freeze as bags of cubes for the best limeade (and cocktails ingredient) year 'round. Once you've tasted it, you'll never use another kind of lime, again.

  • JULIETTEROMANCE 15 Jan, 2008

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE EXACT NAME OF THE SWEET LIME FROM INDIA AND WHERE CAN YOU GET THE PLANTS. ALSO, IN WHAT STATES DOES IT GROW? I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA