Friday, July 17, 2015

Wow! That little guy packs a powerful punch...

By: Jeanette Andrade, PhD, RDN, LDN

The kiwi. Yes, that little, tiny, tart green fruit that makes wonderful key lime pies. So, why talk about this little guy? Well:
1)      because during this time of year I get bombarded with key lime recipes and
2)      because there is so much more to a key lime than making a wonderful pie
If anyone lives in Florida you know key lime trees are very popular, but did you know that key limes originated in Southeast Asia and parts of India? (Moore, 2001) Key limes were introduced into the U.S. by Spanish and Portuguese explores in the 1800s (Ziegler & Wolfe, 1961).
As with other citrus fruits, key limes are packed with vitamins A and C, which are also considered antioxidants. Thus, the consumption of key limes may potentially reduce certain chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.

Aside from those delicious key lime pies and bars, what else can you make with key limes? Well, you can make a wonderful key limeade or squeeze fresh key lime juice on top of cooked fish or chicken for an extra zest. Or how about a key lime avocado dip? Does this one sound tantalizing? If so, then check out the recipe below from Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice (Suzuki, 2014):

  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili pepper
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet red onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Mash avocadoes well and add all other ingredients. Should be chunky. Chill well for several hours before serving with tortilla chips.

Moore, G.A. 2001. Oranges and lemons: clues to the taxonomy of Citrus from molecular markers. Trends in Genetics, 17: 536-540.

Suzuki, R. (2014). Key lime avocado dip. Kellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice. Retrieved from

Ziegler, L.W. and H.S. Wolfe. 1961. Citrus growing in Florida. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Fla. P. 51-53.


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