Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swing.
September – May
The Ojós Acid Lime is the result of the adaptation of the original acid lime to its cultivation in the Western Mediterranean, specifically in the area of Ojós (Murcia, Spain), where citrus cultivation is very old and many varieties considered as “local” have been preserved. This acid lime is cultivated in many countries of the world, and receives names such as Mexican Lime, Key Lime, Pica Lime, Limun beladi… This lime is characterized by its small size, its rounded shape and the richness of its essential oils.
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Tree of medium vigor and open growth, with numerous thorns. Oval leaves, dark, with slightly serrated edge and short petiole. Small fruits, spherical or some kind globular, may have a soft apical mamelon or slight basal neck. The rind is thin, smooth and very aromatic, especially when green. When ripe it is dull yellow in color. The flesh is greenish, very juicy, aromatic, acid and bitter. The juice, yellow-greenish, is acidic with hints of essential oils. It has seeds.
The grated rind can be used to flavor many dishes, including desserts. The juice is used to season ceviches, salads, hummus, beverages… It is also widely used in alcoholic mix drinks (caipirinha, mojito, pico sour…).