What is the difference between lemon and lime?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “What is the difference between lemon and lime?” and discuss the description of lemons, benefits of lemons, how to select and store lemons. We will also share the benefits and medicinal uses of lime, and how to select and store lime.

What is the difference between lemon and lime?

The difference between lemon and lime is that lemon is large and bright yellow whereas lime is smaller and greenish yellow in colour. Lemon tends to be sweeter than lime.

What is a lemon?

Lemon is oval in shape with a textured yellow peel. The peel is encased in around 8-10 segments. The taste of lemon is tart and acidic but less when compared to lime.

What are the benefits of a lemon?

Benefits of lemon are as follows:

They are widely used to kill bacteria, viruses, insects, and fungi and are also used in the pharmaceutical, sanitary, agriculture and the food industry.

Lemons have a rich aroma due to the presence of volatile compounds, and the oils of these compounds are used to treat various diseases and are also used in the cosmetic industry.

How to select and store lemons?

Select lemons that have thin skins, are heavy, full yellow, and peels should have a fine ground texture. Lemons that have thick skin will be less juicy. Lemons that are not whole yellow may not be fully ripe and thus more acidic.

Lemons can be stored for 1 week in the dark at room temperatures and for an additional few days when stored in the refrigerator. 

What is lime?

Limes are round and small in shape just like a small ball. They are more acidic, have a high aroma than lemons, and are tart and sour in taste. The sourness is due to high levels of citric acid.

What are the benefits and medicinal uses of lime?

Benefits and medicinal uses of lime include the following:

  1. Lime is famously used as a treatment and a cure for scurvy which is caused by Vitamin C deficiency.
  2. Lime is used to treat  cracked lips, tongue and mouth ulcers, swelling and bleeding of gums.
  3. Lime is useful for skin when used both in oral or when applied directly on skin. It is used for skin rejuvenation, as a disinfectant, scrubs the dead cells, removes dandruff, rashes and bruises. 
  4. Lime is used for speeding up the process of digestion when food is ingested. This is a common reason to consume lemon pickles with food which is a common practice in countries such as India and Pakistan.
  5. Lime juice  is used as a purgative to treat constipation.
  6. Lime is used to clean tiles, shelves etc, because of the high acidic content.
  7. Lime is also used for eye care because of high amounts of vitamin C.
  8. Lime oils are derived from limes and are used as balms, vapours and inhalers in lung disorders.
  9. It also helps in preventing the progression and severity of gout.
  10. Lime is used for weight loss. It is believed that citric acid in lime burns fat of the body, thus reducing weight.
  11. Lime is used to treat urinary disorders because of the presence of high contents of potassium. Lime is believed to remove kidney stones naturally and to help cure infections in the urinary system.
  12. Lime is used as an appetiser, and in the prevention of cancers, arthritis, diabetes, fatigue, and high fevers.

How to select and store lime?

Select limes that are firm, heavy and free of mould. The deep green colour limes are juicier. Presence of brown spots do not tend to affect colour. However, limes that are all brown have scalded and should not be chosen. 

Lime stored at room temperature can last for upto a week, and should be stored in dark to avoid loss of colour and thus flavour. Limes stored in the refrigerator will last longer and can be stored wrapped in loose but sealed plastic bags. The longer the storage, the more the lime loses its aroma, colour and flavour. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “What is the difference between lemon and lime?” and discussed the description of lemons, benefits of lemons, how to select and store lemons. We have also shared the benefits and medicinal uses of lime, and how to select and store lime.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

References

1. https://www.alchemyacademybali.com/food.php?f=26

2. Mohanapriya, M., Ramaswamy, L., & Rajendran, R. (2013). Health and medicinal properties of lemon (Citrus limonum). International Journal of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine, 3(1), 1095-100.

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