What do you know about lime? This delicious green citrus is not only a fundamental ingredient for many fresh and thirst-quenching exotic cocktails, but also a fruit with innumerable nutritional properties.
Lime, which is now widely used in European cuisine to prepare foods and beverages, is mostly cultivated in South-Eastern Asia, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbeans.
This close relative of lemon actually has many properties that make it useful outside of the kitchen as well.
Precious minerals and vitamins are the secret treasure of this small greenish citrus. Lime in fact provides amino acids, such as lysine, methionine, tryptophan, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese and, above all, potassium.
Foremost amongst its vitamins is vitamin C, although it also contains A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, K and J.
Like lemon, its cousin, lime is also a good source of antioxidants, which combat the action of free radicals, and help protect the cells from premature aging processes.
Moreover, thanks to its vitamin C, lime can also help:
- in case of vitamin C deficiency
- as an anti-inflammatory agent
- relieve nausea
It’s good, gives a pleasantly exotic taste to drinks and entrees, and it’s also good for you, therefore…go ahead, have some lime juice!