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Ever wonder where the phrase "Limey", a slang term for a British sailor or person, derived from?  In the 19th century, when the British Navy needed its soldiers to stay at sea for long periods and not suffer from the debilitating effects of scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency), they would send large amounts of lemons and limes out with their ships.  The habit of eating limes to stay healthy earned the British sailor the name of Limey.

 

 

ORIGIN:  We have a long-standing relationship with a coop of growers in Brazil that provides us with ample limes to make sure that Irish consumers have all the limes they need to flavour their desserts, add to their cocktails and of course, to boost their Vitamin C levels for long sea journeys!

 

NUTRITION:  Limes have high levels of Vitamin C, providing about 35% of the GDA with each 100g serving.  They are also useful for providing dietary fibre and calcium into your diet.

 

TIP:  To extract the most juice from your lemon or lime, first try to use a proper juicer.  But if you do not have a juicer, you can also: roll it on the counter first to break up the segments inside; microwave it for 20 seconds before cutting and juicing; cut it lengthways in half so it's easier to squeeze or lastly, use a fork to get at all the juice.