Mexican Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia)
The Mexican Lime was likely imported in Italy either by the Crusaders or by the Arabian around the XII century from the East Indies, where it originated. It is called “Mexican” because of the area where it is most common and most cultivated. This tree is small-sized, it has spiny, irregular branches and small, oval, light green leaves.
USES AND FUN FACTS
The Mexican Lime has small, white flowers. The fruits are typically small and have a slightly marked umbo. When fully mature, their thin peel is of a colour between yellow and orange, and their pulp is greenish and very juicy.
Limes are sensitive to cold temperatures and should be kept in a greenhouse to prevent their leaves and fruits from falling. In case you won’t manage to do so, the tree will begin to grow and bloom again in spring, included its older branches.