Limes, have the scientific name Citrus Aurantifolia, and have been well known for its medicinal properties and uses in the treatment of various ailments for ages. Limes are grown on trees that flourish in tropical and subtropical climates. They were thought to originate in Southeast Asia and made their way to the New World with Columbus on his second voyage in 1493. Due to its unique flavor, the lime fruit is widely consumed all over the world and has various culinary and non-culinary uses. It is also used in the preparation of various cosmetic and health products. Extracted from lime’s peel or skin, lime essential oil is extensively used in aromatherapy and perfumes.
Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and antioxidants.
kaempferol is the flavonoid found in limes which has been shown to stop cell division in several cancers.
Limes also contain a compound, called limonoids, can help fight lung, breast, stomach and colon, skin, and mouth cancers.
Limes contain powerful anti-microbial and antibiotic properties to fight infections.
Scientists noted that in several West African villages where cholera epidemics had occurred, lime juice included in the diet protected against cholera. (a deadly bacteria-activated disease).
AVOCADO-LIME SALSA RECIPE:
1 avocado chopped
Handful Chopped cilantro
2 Chopped Roma tomatoes
1/4 Chopped onion
2 tbsp olive oil
1 Freshly squeezed lime
1-2 cloves Chopped garlic
1 jalapeño chopped (remove seeds to make it less spicy )
1. Finely chop and Combine all ingredients. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
TIP: To extract the maximum amount of juice, make sure the limes are at room temperature, and firmly roll them back and forth under your palm a couple of times – that helps to break down some of the flesh’s fibres.