Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Foodie Friday - Livin' La Vida Limey

To see today's recipes, click here: ning.it Did you know this about the lime? This fruit is regarded as a health-building food of great value. Sour limes are extensively cultivated as their importance in food and medicine has been recognized for centuries. The lime is believed to have originated in India, where it has been grown since remote times. Arab traders are believed to have taken it to Eastern Mediterranean and Western countries in about 1000 AD. The Spaniards took it to the New World early in their colonization. It has since spread throughout the tropics, where it is the most commonly cultivated species of citrus. Limes are excellent source of citric acid, natural sugar, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. It contains by far more vitamin C than the lemon. Lime juice forms an indispensable ingredient in many salad dressings and it's used in fruit salads to help retain the normal color of fruits and imparts tart flavor. The juice of fresh limes first was used in medicine from ancient times in India. The vitamin C content in lime increases the body's resistance to disease, aids the healing of wounds and prevents damage to the eyes. Vitamin C is also helpful in maintaining the health of the teeth and other bones of the body. It prevents decay and loosening of the teeth, dental caries, toothache, bleeding of the gums and fragility of bones. The rind of the fruit also has medicinal properties. It contains a volatile oil which is used in medicine for improving digestion ...
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