Limes, like other citrus fruits, support the proper functioning of your body. There are two types of limes, depending on the region they come from – Persian or Mexican. Persian limes are a bit bigger than Mexican and may become yellow after picking up (that is why they can be confused with regular lemons). Without any doubt, both types are packed with valuable vitamins and minerals essential for maintaining health. There is nothing better than freshly squeezed lime juice added to water or vegetable juice to quench thirst quickly. It is precious during the hot summertime.
Lime juice is not only very healthy but also very delicious. It is sour, and a bit bitter at the same time, making its taste very special among other citrus fruits. Because of the citric acid lime juice ph level is around 2-3.
Read below some interesting facts about lime juice, find out if it goes bad and how to store freshly squeezed lime juice.
1. Does lime juice go bad?
Similar to other fruit and vegetable juices, lime juice can go bad too. The fact is that its shelf life is much longer than other fruit juices, like apple juice or even orange and grapefruit, which are citrus juices too. All thanks to its acidic flavour. In this kind of environment, it is very hard to grow for any bacteria. It is even recommended to put a few drops of lime or lemon juice into the apple juice to extend its expiration date a little bit.
How to recognize if your lime juice is still good to use? The best determinant is its characteristic citrus aroma. If your juice lacks this, it is high time to get rid of it. Another indicator is, of course, the taste of a juice. If it is any different, then you expect, you should probably throw it away. If only you notice the change of your lime juice’s other features, including the mole on it, you have to throw it out immediately.
Later in this article, you can find out more specific information about lime juice shelf life.
2. Lime juice nutrition facts
Lime in around 88% consists of water, but water is not the only component present in it. Apart from it, it is full of vitamins and minerals. In one lime there is 22% of your daily demand of Vitamin C. It is also rich in Vitamins: K, A, E, B complex and minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, copper. Because of the high level of antioxidants (polyphenols and flavonoids), it works antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Lime juice boosts your immune system and improves digestion. Drinking water with lime juice helps with weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism, which results in faster burning of calories. It also helps with acne.
Without any doubt, lime juice is very healthy, but you need to be careful when consuming it. When drinking in condensed form, the high level of citric acid can harm the enamel of your teeth. If you suffer from stomach ulcer, you need to avoid lime juice, because it stimulates gastric acid production.
3. How much juice is in one lime
If you wonder, how much lime juice in one lime, here comes the answer. One average size lime contains around two tablespoons of juice. To get one glass of lime juice, you will need to squeeze around eight to ten limes. Sounds tiring? Not with the electric citrus juicer. Check out our top recommendations of citrus juicers here:
If you prefer the old fashioned way of squeezing lime juice, feel free to check our selections of the best hand citrus juicers in this article:
4. Lime juice storing
Lime juice bought in a shop should be stored in a dark and dry place, like a kitchen cabinet or pantry. It is not required to keep it in the fridge unless you already opened the bottle. When the bottle is bright, you should avoid the light. The juice you bought in the supermarket can last up to 6-12 months; its shelf life is much longer than the freshly squeezed juice.
Lime juice from the supermarket can last up to 6-12 months.
When it comes to homemade freshly squeezed juice, it has to be stored in the fridge. After squeezing your juice, place it in a glass bottle. Bottle made of glass can be used multiple times, and it is also better for the environment. The fact that one plastic bottle decomposes hundreds of years is terrifying.
To choose your lime juice bottle, and find out more about the shelf life of different fruit juices, see our article below:
Homemade lime juice can stay in the fridge for three days. After that time, it can lose its nutritional values and can go bad.
Homemade lime juice can stay in the fridge for three days.
The advice about the storage time given above is only approximate. If your juice’s taste and smell are good, you can freely keep it for a bit longer.
A good way to prolong the expiration date of your lime juice is to freeze it. Lime consists mainly of water. That is why it will freeze at the same time as regular water cubes. All you need to do is place the juice into the ice dispenser, after freezing put it into the tight pacing. In that form, you can keep it for three to four months. It will be a perfect refreshing ingredient of lemonade or Margherita during the summer.
Another alternative to homemade lime juice is to buy the lime juice concentrate. It seems to be a good alternative for freshly squeezed juices. The one and the most important condition is that concentrate has to be made from 100% fruit. Make sure it does not contain any additional, harmful for your health substances.
You can find out more about juices concentrates in our article dedicated to that topic:
Now, when you know the benefits of drinking lime juice, nothing else is left – try to include it into your diet. Of course, if there are no medical conditions, that excludes citruses from it.
Enjoy lime juicing!
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