Citrus limetta is a species of citrus, commonly known as sweet lime, sweet lemon, and sweet limetta. It is native to South- and South East Asia and cultivated in the Mediterranean Basin.
C. limetta is a small tree up to 8 m (26 ft) in height, with irregular branches and relatively smooth, brownish-grey bark. It has numerous thorns, 1.5–7.5 cm (0.59–2.95 in) long.
As the name sweet lime suggests, the flavor is sweet and mild, but retains the essence of lime. The flavor is a bit flatter than most citrus due to its lack of acidity. It can be compared to limeade and pomelo.
Like most citrus, the fruit is rich in vitamin C, providing 50 mg per 100 g serving.
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C. limetta grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. It begins bearing fruit at 5 to 7 years old, with peak production at 10 to 20 years. The harvest is early autumn.
Sweet limes keep fresh for up to two weeks at room temperature, and four to eight weeks refrigerated. Frozen juice will keep for up to six months. It is possible to freeze slices of the fruit, though the limon in content may cause the pulp to taste bitter over time. This can be avoided by submerging the slices in sweet syrup within an airtight glass jar.
They are packed in an appropriate cage or cardboard box (about 5 pounds).