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Limes, the vibrant and zesty citrus fruits, are cherished for their tangy flavour and numerous culinary uses. These small, green, and round fruits are a rich source of vitamin C, providing a refreshing boost to the immune system and promoting overall health.
Limes have a distinctive tartness that sets them apart from other citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. Their juice is a common ingredient in various dishes, beverages, and cocktails, lending a bright and lively note to everything from seafood to salads. Lime zest, derived from the outer peel, is often used to enhance the flavour of baked goods, desserts, and sauces.
Beyond their culinary prowess, limes hold cultural significance in many regions. They are an integral part of traditional medicine and are believed to offer health benefits, including aiding digestion and acting as a natural detoxifier. Lime essential oil, extracted from the peels, is used in aromatherapy and skincare for its refreshing scent and potential benefits.
Limes are a global favourite, enjoyed in cuisines worldwide, from the spicy dishes of Southeast Asia to the zesty ceviche of Latin America. Their versatility, health benefits, and invigorating flavour make them a beloved fruit that continues to leave a lasting impression on culinary cultures across the globe.
Recipe: Quinoa with Cilantro and Lime
Time: 25 mins
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- Salt and pepper
1. Combine the broth and quinoa in a large pot and bring to a boil.
2. Cover the pot, reduce heat, and cook for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is tender.
3. Remove from the heat and let it cool, covered, for 5 minutes.
4. Uncover and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the lime juice, garlic, and cilantro and stir.
5. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
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