The lime tree is a small, evergreen tree with short, thorny and irregular branches.
The oblong leaves are light green.
The tree has clusters of small, white flowers, followed by small, bright green fruits.
The juicy lime fruits have a smoother and thinner rind than lemons, and the pulp has a fresh green colour.
Very rich in antioxidants.
The juice is acid with a distinctive flavour and fragrance. It's used in cooking and in drinks.
The essential oils are used for flavouring purposes, in herbal remedies, dietary supplements, anti-aging products, perfumery and in cleansing products.
The lime tree is native to tropical Asia, probably Malaysia. It grows wild in many places, and is widely cultivated in the West Indies.