SURPRISING SECRETS OF LIME
ORIGIN OF LIME
Lime is believed to have emerge from northern India and conjioning parts of Myanmar, or in northern Malaysia. The lime is now cultivated throughout the tropics and in warm subtropical areas. The sour limes were probably one of the first citrus fruits to be carried from the east by the crusaders.
Citrus fruits and their relatives originated in South-east Asia, New Caledonia and Australia (Swingle and Reece, 1967). The genus Citrus L., which includes limes and lemons, has been cultivated in tropical and temperate parts of the world for more than 2000 years.
Most species and hybrids of citrus plants called “limes” have varying origins within tropical Southeast Asia and South Asia. They were spread throughout the world via migration and trade. The makrut lime, in particular, was one of the earliest citrus fruits introduced to other parts of the world by humans. They were spread into Micronesia and Polynesia via the Austronesian expansion (c. 3000–1500 BCE). They were also later spread into Middle East, and the Mediterranean region via the spice trade and the incense trade routes from as early as ~1200 BCE.
To prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus, such as lemon, and later switched to lime. The use of citrus was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common scourge of various national navies, and the ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting the disorder was a huge benefit for the military. British sailors thus acquired the nickname “Limey” because of their use of limes.
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- What is lime
WHAT IS LIME
Lime is commonly referred to by a number of terms including quicklime, calcium oxide, high calcium lime, or dolomitic lime. All refer to the same material, lime. Dolomitic lime contains magnesium oxide (MgO) derived from the presence of magnesium carbonate (MgCO3) in the initial stone referred to as dolomitic limestone. Dolomitic limestone contains two forms of carbonate, calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. High calcium lime is almost pure calcium carbonate.
A lime is a citrus fruit, which is typically round, green in color, 3–6 centimetres and contains acidic juice vesicles.
Limes are a rich source of vitamin C, are sour, and are often used to modulate the flavours of foods and beverages. They are grown year-round. Plants with fruit called “limes” have diverse genetic origins; limes do not form a monophyletic group.
Limes have higher contents of sugars and acids than lemons do.
Lime is an ingredient in several highball cocktails, often based on gin, such as gin and tonic, the gimlet and the Rickey. Freshly squeezed lime juice is also considered a key ingredient in margaritas, although sometimes lemon juice is substituted. It is also found in many rum cocktails such as the Daiquiri, and other tropical drinks.
Lime extracts and lime essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products.
LIME IS COMPOSED OF:
Lime, or calcium oxide (CaO), is derived from high quality natural deposits of limestone, or calcium carbonate (CaCO3)
Raw limes are 88% water, 10% carbohydrates and less than 1% each of fat and protein (table). Only vitamin C content at 35% of the Daily Value per 100 g serving is significant for nutrition, with other nutrients present in low Daily Value amounts. Lime juice contains slightly less citric acid than lemon juice (about 47 g/l), nearly twice the citric acid of grapefruit juice, and about five times the amount of citric acid found in orange juice.
Lime pulp and peel contain diverse phytochemicals, including polyphenols and terpenes, many of which are under basic research for their potential properties in humans.
TYPES OF LIME
- Non Hydraulic Lime.
- Hydraulic Lime.
- Feebly hydraulic Lime.
- Ashlar Hydraulic Lime.
- Moderately Hydraulic Lime.
- Eminently Hydraulic Lime.
- Quick Lime.
- Slaked Lime
IMPORTANCE OF LIME TO HUMANS
It Provides antioxidants.
- it Helps regulate blood
- It improve skin texture.
- It also help to prevent kidney stones.
- It Boosts immunity.
- It Might lower your risk of heart disease.
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- It May help fight foodborne illnesses.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING LIME WATER
- vitamins A, B, C, and D