Monday, 16 February 2009

Peeking At Pika: Citron Vert

C is also for Citron vert Sitron Lime

We have one citronnier at Pika and when it is in season it can produce up to 10kg of limes a week. We aren't the only ones to enjoy them - so many were "lifted" by people from the neighbouring land, that Mamie was eventually obliged to put up a wire fence around it to protect it.
Citron vert is an important part of West Indian cuisine - it is used for marinading and many dishes also have some squeezed in just before serving.
It also has an important use in another aspect of West Indian culture - rum! One of the main ways of drinking it here is CRS (citron, rum, sucre) but it is used in other punches. A non-alcoholic drink is freshly squeezed lime with sugar - very refreshing.

Good for you

Limes are high in dietary fibre, vitamin C (though less than lemon), calcium, iron and copper and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Did you know - the British gave limes to their sailors during the 19th century to prevent scurvy (and thus give them the nickname limey...).

Photos: All Pika unless otherwise stated

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