Limes, citrus aurantifolia are the smallest members of the true citrus family, Rutaceae.
Common lime varieties include Persian or Tahiti lime, Citrus latifolia, a hybrid developed in the early twentieth century. Persian limes are the single most cultivated variety. Limes are as obvious in appearance as they are in flavor. They are petite, semi rounded to ovate in shape. Upon harvest, they have a kelly green thin and porous peel, which, when zested releases floral aromatics.
Their thinly segmented flesh is a pale lemon lime, fragrant, juicy and tart with a sour bite. When fully mature limes become yellow, similar to the color of lemons. The entire fruit is used for culinary applications.