Monday, June 20, 2011

The Lovely Lime

I have always loved the flavor of limes.  They add a distinct tang to dressings, and pair particularly well with cilantro.  Just the smell of a fesh cut lime can start your digestive juices flowing.

But did you know they are good for us, too?
  • Lime contains by far more vitamin C than the lemon. A glass of warm water with lime juice and a teaspoonful of honey is an ideal remedy for cold and dry cough.
  • The vitamin C content in lime boosts our immune systems and aids the healing of wounds and prevents damage to the eyes.
  • Vitamin C is also helpful in maintaining the health of the teeth and bones.  It prevents decay and loosening of the teeth, toothache, bleeding of the gums and fragility of bones.
  • The rind of the fruit also has medicinal properties. It contains a volatile oil which is used in medicine for improving digestion.
  • The lime juice is of great value in relieving constipation, when it is taken first thing in the morning in a glass of warm water.
  • The potent anti-viral properties in lime can kill cholera bacilli within a very short period of time. Drink one part juice and one part water regularly.
To get more juice from your lime, roll the whole fruit around on a table or counter until it softens.

Limes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks... although they can be kept longer, they will lose flavor after that length of time.

Per 2 inch fruit.
Weight Watchers P+ = 0.
Calories 19; Protein 0g; Carbohydrate 7g; Fat 0g; Fibre 2 g.

Here are some featured recipes using this fruit:

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