Brazilian sweet lime
Citrus limettioides Tan.
October – May
Sweet limes are the result of a natural cross between an orange and a citron. The name of this variety refers to the absence of acidity in its pulp and to the place where this selection became popular.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Tree vigorous, with a bushy growth tendency. Green leaves, slightly lanceolate, with non-winged petioles. Medium sized fruit, globose in shape and with a characteristic apical mamelon, pronounced but small in size. The rind is thin, smooth and dark yellow when ripe; not very aromatic when scratched, but when cut it is reminiscent of bergamot. Tasteless pulp due to lack of acidity, very juicy. The segments separate easily. It presents seeds.
The juice makes an interesting beverage or can be used in infusions, to season salads or to marinate meats. Its high vitamin C content and low acidity makes its juice adequate to treat colds, but should be consumed freshly squeezed to avoid bitterness.