- Limes are in season throughout the year.
- Squeeze limes and pick ones that give slightly.
- Store on the counter for a few days or a sealed bag in the fridge for 3 weeks.
When are limes in season?
Because many limes are imported from mexico, they are be available year-round. Limes are also picked before they are fully ripe - in fact, fully ripe limes are yellow and have a milder flavor. Since limes are favored in their green state, picking them early and shipping them from Mexico doesn't really affect the quality.
How to pick: Squeeze limes and look for ones that give slightly. This indicates they have less pith and will be juicier. Unlike most fruit, limes (and most citrus) don't continue to ripen after they are picked, so they won't ripen and get softer after you bring them home. Buy juicy ones from the start.
How to store: You can leave them on the counter for a few days, or put them in a sealed bag, in the fridge to get them to last several weeks.
Should I buy organic?
I did not find data on limes from the EPA, so actual pesticide levels are unknown. To be cautious, buy organic when possible, especially if you'll be using the zest or throwing a wedge in a margarita.
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