If the trees have been correctly pruned when young, there is no further need for pruning except to remove deadwood and water-sprouts, or for the purpose of thinning the fruits to increase size. One month later, and then every 4 months thereafter, 3 1/2 oz (100 g) of mixed nitrogen and potassium are applied around the base. Stiff clay soils are unsuitable. The juice of the Mexican lime is regarded as an antiseptic, tonic, an antiscorbutic, an astringent, and as a diuretic in liver ailments, a digestive stimulant, a remedy for intestinal hemorrhage and hemorrhoids, heart palpitations, headache, convulsive cough, rheumatism, arthritis, falling hair, bad breath, and as a disinfectant for all kinds of ulcers when applied in a poultice. Drinks, deserts, seasoning, garnish, green friendly cleaners and more are a just a few reasons why the Mexican Lime is so popular. Some of the fruit is sold fresh but most of the crop is processed for juice and oil by the Niue Development Board Factory. Peel: The dehydrated peel is fed to cattle. The Mexican lime tree is exceedingly vigorous; may be shrubby or range from 6 1/2 to 13 ft (2-4 m) high, with many slender, spreading branches, and usually has numerous, very sharp, axillary spines to 3/8 in (1 cm) long. Before serving, the pickled fruits may be fried in coconut oil and sugar and then they are eaten as appetizers. In 1982, a new strain of citrus canker, Xanthomonas campestris pv. Tree is highly susceptible to withertip. The ideal stage is when the color has changed from dark to light green, the surface is smooth and the fruit feels slightly soft to the touch. The Mexican Lime can be harvested from a light green color till they turn yellow on the tree, giving these a long hang time meaning you can get more use out of your produce. Clay Thompson. This Lime has many other monikers it goes by including, Key Lime, Bartender's Lime, West Indian Lime, just to name a few but these are all the same Citrus aurantifolia 'Mexican'. Experiments in the Sudan have shown that packing the fruits in polyethylene bags with an ethylene absorbent retards ripening and moisture loss and makes possible the shipping of the fruit by air freight to the United Kingdom. The tree grows reasonably well in a variety of other soils. In England, it is bottled as the world-famous "Rose's Lime Juice" put out by L. Rose & Co., Ltd., or as the somewhat different product of the chief competitor, A. C. Shellingford & Co. Surplus juice, over their requirements, is sold to soft-drink manufacturers. A study in Trinidad demonstrated that Mexican limes treated with gibberellic acid, packaged in polyethylene bags to retain moisture, and stored at ambient temperature, remained in marketable condition for 65 days. Production of Mexican limes for juice has been the major industry on the small Caribbean island of Dominica for generations. It is also subject to algal disease and oil spotting can be severe. MONDAY-SATURDAY 7:30AM-5PM SUNDAY 9AM - 5PM. Juice: In the West Indies, the juice has been used in the process of dyeing leather. It is calculated that 2,200 lbs (1 metric ton) of fruit should yield 1,058 lbs (480 kg) of juice. 'Kagzi'–the name given the Mexican lime most commonly cultivated throughout India. mile (12.8 sq. Another spineless sport was reported in Dominica in 1892 and apparently the same was sent to the United States Department of Agriculture from Trinidad in 1910, and several thornless sports were found in lime groves near Weslaco, Texas, after a 1925 freeze. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all of our own citrus for decades and have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and plentiful harvest. Selected clones have been budded onto rough lemon or sour orange. Moon Valley Nurseries Mexican Lime details and information. Yellowing was retarded and there was no adverse effect on quality. For many years, the trees on the Keys were fertilized only by a mulch of cured seaweed. A seedling selection from hybrids was labeled 'T-l'. The fact that these trees can be somewhat ever-bearing means your never far from fresh limes straight from the source. This lime while its tiny stature is robust in perfect lime flavor and extremely juicy as well. The fruits are borne in large clusters because all the flowers are perfect. In Hawaii, this lime is cultivated in rich sandy or gravelly, well-drained soil. 'Palmetto'–a selected seedling from a Mexican lime pollinated by the 'Sicily' lemon; first described by Dr. H.J. Skip to the beginning of the images gallery, How to Avoid Creating Air Pockets When Planting, What to Know Before Planting a Tree or Plant, Allow to grow free form, too much pruning effects bloom cycles. The Mexican Lime has small size fruit with a thin green rind that is not easy to peel. Another method of pickling involves scraping the fruits, steeping them in lime juice, then salting and exposing to the sun. In Niue, the trees are often afflicted with collar rot, caused by Phytophthora sp. When there is excessive rainfall, the tree is subject to fungus diseases. The Mexican lime continues to be cultivated more or less on a commercial scale in India, Egypt, Mexico, the West Indies, tropical America, and throughout the tropics of the Old World. Coconut or other edible oil may be added last to enhance the keeping quality. In the 1940's, air-layering became popular in Florida. The Mexican lime, because of its special bouquet and unique flavor, is ideal for serving in half as a garnish and flavoring for fish and meats, for adding zest to cold drinks, and for making limeade.