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Lime (Sour) Citrus aurantiifolia Commodity Summary
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Approved Name: Lime (Sour) 
Scientific Name(s): Citrus aurantiifolia 
Common Name(s): Egyptian lime, Indian lime, Mexican lime, West Indian lime, citron vert, citronnier gallet, colo, kagzi nimboo, kagzi nimbu, key lime, lai meng, lima, lime, lime acid, limero, limette, limettier, limone, pomme d'Adam, sour lime 
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Description: Citrus aurantiifolia (key lime) is a citrus species with a globose fruit, 2.5 to 5 cm in diameter (1 to 2 inches) that is yellow when ripe, but usually picked green commercially. It is smaller and seedier, with a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind than that of the Persian lime (Citrus x latifolia). It is valued for its unique flavor compared to other limes, with the key lime usually having a more tart and bitter flavor. 
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Aurantiifolia with ruler.jpg magnify image Photo courtesy of NCSC Herbarium, Citrus ID, USDA-APHIS-PPQ,
Citrus_aurantiifolia_by_Kadavoor.jpg magnify image Photo courtesy of Jee & Rani Nature Photography (c) 2009
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