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Scientific Name: Citrus aurantiifolia var. 'Bears'
Alternative Names: Tahitian Lime

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Citrus aurantiifolia var. 'Bears'


  • Perennial
  • Lime is native to tropical Asia and widely cultivated in the West Indies.
  • It is a small tree with short spiny branches and light-green ovate leaves.
  • Clusters of white flowers appear in spring and summer, followed by oval green seedless fruit of excellent flavor.
  • Lime needs well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in sun, with ample moisture during the growing season.

Culinary Uses

  • 'Bears' is not a 'sweet' tasting lime.
  • The fruits are used in preserves, pickles and as garnish.
  • The juice is used in drinks and as a flavoring for fish, curries and confectionary.
  • The peel is used like lemon peel.

Parts Used

  • The leaves, fruit, peel and fruit.
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