Key lime is a citrus fruit. It has globose fruits with a diameter of 2.5 to 5 cm. When left to ripe on the tree the fruits turn yellow, but usually they are picked when still green.
The fruits have a strong and unique flavor and are used as an ingredient for Key lime pie.
West Indian lime
Basic information and facts
Key lime originates from Southeast Asia.
Deciduous or evergreen:
Key lime is a shrub or small tree with many thorns.
The flowers are yellowish white with a light purple tinge on the margins. They have a diameter of about 2.5 cm.
Globose fruits with a diameter of 2.5 to 5 cm. Fruits that are left to ripe on the tree turn yellow, but usually they are picked when still green.
Climate and weather:
Key lime prefers a tropical or subtropical warm and moist climate, but is sometimes grown in cooler climates.
Key lime grows as a small tree or shrub which can be up to 5 meters high.
Key lime can be grown from seed but is often propagated by cuttings or by air layering.
Pick the fruits when they have reached harvesting size and are just beginning to turn yellow.
Juice of key lime is an important ingredient of Key lime pie. Fruits cut in halves are served to add flavor with fish and meats. The juice is used in fruit juices or mixed in alcoholic drinks.