A few weeks ago, I was sent a lovely basket full of Brazilian Limes.
As I am Brazilian and I miss Brazil, I was very pleased to get some Brazilian fruit over here.
Limes from Brazil are in season throughout the year. The Brazilian limes are very tasty and full of flavour, so you only need a few limes to add a touch of sunshine to each recipe.
Brazilian Limes are completely seedless and have thinner skins which mean they have more juice inside. And yes, they are very juicy indeed!
The best way to test a lime is by making a lime juice.
It is easy and quick to make a refreshing drink, which is perfect to be enjoyed after a busy day at work.
In order to make lime juice, you only need cold water, around 1 lime per glass, sugar as required.
Put all the ingredients in a blender for a couple of minutes and it is ready!
If you wish, you can also add ice cubes or crushed ice for an extra cold drink.
If you prefer strong juices, just add an extra lime (and maybe a shot of vodka).
The lime juice was absolutely gorgeous, very refreshing and tasty! Hubby also loved it!
Please see below some tips:
- Save an unused lime half by placing cut side down on a saucer of water and placing in the fridge
- If you only need a few drops, don’t cut the lime. Make a small hole with a toothpick and squeeze. Then return the lime to the fridge.
- Lime also prevents alcoholic and fruit cocktails from becoming too sweet
- Brush cut fruits such as banana, apple or avocado with lime juice to stop them discolouring
Add a spoonful of fresh lime juice to the water when you cook cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower to prevent the strong smell and enhance the colour of the vegetables
- To get more juice from your lime, by doing one of the following: Beating the fruit before cutting it; Soaking in hot water for five minutes and cutting immediately; Submerging the lime in a glass with water and keep in the fridge for a few hours
Adding a few drops of lime juice to the oil before frying fish will reduce both smoke and the strength of the fishy odour
- Wash hands with lime juice and a little sugar to help soften the skin
- Rub lime peel on your hands and wash well to remove the smell of garlic, onion or egg
- Add lime juice to cooking pasta to prevent it from sticking together
I also used the Brazilian limes to make a meal.
Lime & Coconut Chicken
- 5 Brazilian Limes
- 1kg Chicken drumsticks and thighs
- 1 teaspoon of garlic puree
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 2 onions
- 2 stock cubes
- 1 bottle of coconut milk
Half the limes and juice them. Add garlic and paprika to the juice and reserve.
Chop the onions and pan fry them in a saucepan in medium heat.
Add the chicken drumsticks and thighs until they are golden brown.
Pour the lime juice in the saucepan. Dissolve the stock cubes in one cup of hot water and pour over the chicken. You need enough liquid to cover the chicken.
Bring the mixture to the boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer until chicken is cooked.
Add the coconut milk at the end, just before turning off the heat.
Enjoy the Lime & Coconut Chicken with Carrots and Chickpeas and Bulgur Wheat with Kidney Beans. We had our meal with Lime Juice and it was lovely!
Overall, we are really enjoying the Brazilian limes. There are still a few limes left, so I will be trying other recipes soon – that is, if they are not all used in lime juices. It seems that hubby is really into lime juice at the moment. I might have to hide the basket! 🙂