When the Limes Are Ripe and Ready to Pick

limes in a drinkWhen I moved to Florida I began to fill the yard with tropical trees and plants.  I haven’t gotten very far, but I do have a lime tree growing a bunch of limes.  They are ready to pick now (September and October) and I’m on the lookout for ways to use limes.

For now, I am slicing my limes and adding to the many glasses of water I drink every day.  Also limes work well in tea.  Usually it’s lemon I add, but now I will be experimenting with lime.

This post is where I will store my favorite lime recipes and ideas for using limes.  For nutrition information view raw limes nutrition page.

Along with squeezing lime juice into water, it can be added to tea.  If you drink tea check out the Hibiscus Tea With Lime recipe at the Martha Stewart site.  Hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for high blood pressure, which is a constant issue for those of US with kidney disease.

After searching around the internet I’ve found that often lime is used to enhance the flavor of chicken.  This is good, because I eat chicken more often than any other protein.

Roast Chicken With Scallion, Ginger and Lime recipe at Martha Stewart.

chicken and lime

Roast chicken with lime

Lime can be used with seafood also, like shrimp. The Martha Stewart site has a Lime-Glazed shrimp recipe which sounds pretty good, with one big change I would make. It calls for “vegetable oil” which I never use. I would replace that with sesame oil, avocado oil, or something more healthy.

lime and shrimp

Lime Garnish

Here are more recipes using limes that I would actually make for myself:

Mint & Lime Juice Cubes at the Recipe by Photo site.

Tri-Color Slaw with Lime Dressing at KeepRecipes.com (and many other places).

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