Limes (Citrus aurantifolia) are the fruit of tropical citrus tree closely related to lemons. This evergreen tree is in the Rue family, Rutaceae, which also includes citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and kumquats. Limes are native to Southeast Asia, but the small yellow key limes are Peruvian. They were plentiful in the Florida Keys until 1929, when a hurricane destroyed virtually all of the groves. Only the large green Persian limes, the ones most commonly found in your grocery store, were replanted, but not enough for juicing. About 340 key limes are required to make a gallon of key lime juice, and with a maturation time of up to 5 years, we have sourced the best key limes from around the world to make our key lime juice.
Key limes are small, somewhat larger than a walnut, oval in shape with a thin yellowish rind which are prone to splotchy brown spots. They are aromatic and very juicy, with a stronger and more complex acidic flavor than Persian limes making them ideal for a multitude of cooking applications and drinks.
One of the most popular uses for our Manhattan Key Lime Juice is key lime pie. It is also delicious in drinks, deserts, and food preparation. It is also excellent in marinades for fish (ceviche) or meats and chicken, and used in fish and meat stews.
We are confident that once you have tried our genuine key lime juice, you'll never settle for anything less.