70. Lime

  1. Mathew Attokaran

Published Online: 7 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch70

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

How to Cite

Attokaran, M. (2011) Lime, in Natural Food Flavors and Colorants, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch70

Author Information

  1. Plant Lipids Limited, Cochin, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813821108

Online ISBN: 9780470959152



  • limes, small citrus fruits - with green or greenish yellow skin and flesh;
  • sour limes, more sugar and citric acid than lemons - a tart taste;
  • lime juice, food flavoring materials - the peel's essential oil, important flavoring material;
  • lime tree, evergreen tree - growing to a height of 4–6 m;
  • skin of a fresh fruit, punctured and oil oozing out - cold-pressed lime oil;
  • West Indies, oil produced by hand processing - in ecuelling method;
  • machines, expression meant for lemons - not for limes with thin rinds;
  • composition of cold-pressed oil, distilled lime oil - free of degradation product p-cymene;
  • FCC, distilled lime oil as colorless to green-yellow liquid - mild citrusy and floral odors;
  • lemon-lime flavor, highly valued - in alcoholic beverages, candies, baked items and meat products


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Plant Material

  • Essential Oil

  • Uses

  • Identification Numbers

  • References