This is the most common type of lime found in grocery stores. It has a bright green color, a seedless interior, and a juicy, tangy flavor. Persian limes are versatile and used in various culinary applications, from cooking to cocktails.
Key limes are smaller and rounder than Persian limes, with a yellow-green skin when ripe. They have a more intense and tart flavor, making them perfect for traditional key lime pie and other desserts.
This lime variety is primarily valued for its leaves, which have a unique and potent citrus aroma used in many Southeast Asian dishes. The fruit itself is not commonly used due to its high acidity and bitterness.
Finger limes are distinctive for their elongated shape and caviar-like pearls of juice inside. They come in various colors and have a tangy, citrusy taste. They are often used as a garnish or in salads.
Often mistaken for mandarins due to their appearance, Rangpur limes are hybrids with a unique blend of mandarin orange and lime flavors. They are excellent for making marmalades and cocktails.
As the name suggests, sweet limes are less acidic than other lime varieties. They have a mild, sweet flavor and are often eaten fresh or used to make sweet limeade.