Whenever we think of a healthy citrus fruit, the fist that comes to mind is lemon. Limes have been the forgotten step-child of citrus for a long time, but now it is quite a fashionable ingredient in cooking. Limes originates from Indonesia, but today it is cultivated all over the word and it is a staple ingredient in Thai, Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine.
The health benefits of limes are noteworthy.
Most of the carbs in limes are in the form of a soluble fibre, called pectin, which has the following benefits:
-Slows down digestion.
-Stabalizes blood sugar levels.
-Inhibits colon cancer.
Lime peel contains essential oil, that has an ingredient called d-limonene, which relieve symptons of indigestion.
Further benefits of limes are:
Contains potassium, which lowers blood pressure.
Has Vitamin C that is important for heart health and lowers stroke risk.
It prevents kidney stones .
Contains collagen, which is impotant for skin health.
It gives protection against anemia, because of all the Vitamin C, which helps with iron absorption.
Vitamin C is also effective in the treatment of allergies and asthma.
Limes relieve pain that is associated with sickle cell anemia. It helps with the bone pain and bouts of fever associated with this condition.
It is effective with paracite clearance, and helps maleria patients to excrete the debris of the dead parasites.
It plays an important role in weight loss and to enhance the immune system.
Limes are very popular to cook with, as eluded to earlier.
Here are some recipes that you can try:
- Cauliflower rice with coriander leaves and lime: 4 cups cauliflower; 3 garlic cloves; crushed, ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped, 1 lime’s juice.
Fry the cauliflower rice gently in butter and add the rest of the ingredients just before serving.
- Salty, lime-roasted nuts: 2 cups of cashew nuts; raw, 1 TBS Quercus Cardamom Spiced Honey, 1 tsp salt, ½ lime juiced. Mix the ingredients through, and roast in a flat pan in the oven or in a frying pan on the stove top.
- Chilli & Lime Chicken: 4 chicken breasts; cut into strips, zest of 1 lime; 2 TBS coriander leaves; 1 TBS Quercus Turmeric & Black Pepper Spiced Honey; 1 tsp salt; ¼ cup lime juice; 1 tsp red chilly flakes; ½ tsp ground cumin.
- Berries with lime and coconut: 2 cups of berries; ½ cup coconut milk; 3 TBS lime juice.
We like to enjoy our fresh produce in season. So celebrate these fresh, green, juicy treats now, in the colder season.