Common Name: Key lime
Scientific Name: Citrus × aurantiifolia
Family Name: Citrus
Fresh key lime juice is preferred for flavoring marinades, making limeade, and garnishing drinks and plates due to its tantalizing bouquet and unique flavor. The juice is used for syrups and, of course, key lime pie. Most commercially available key lime pies these days are made from the frozen concentrate of the Persian lime, not the key lime. If you’ve never had a true key lime pie, it’s worth seeking out.
Limes are high in active compounds that function as antioxidants in your body, including flavonoids, limonoids, kaempferol, quercetin, and ascorbic acid. Limes are high in vitamin C, a nutrient that may help boost your immune system. In human studies, taking vitamin C helped shorten the duration and severity of cold. Research shows that limes may reduce several heart disease risk factors. For starters, limes are high in vitamin C, which may help lower high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease.
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