Recipe for caipirinha: 9 Limes that you have never heard about
Since you love caipirinha and we all know, whether using the traditional and classic method, pressed, using the traditional Tahiti lime on it, there are several other ways that you can make your caipirinha look really different and trendy.
Why not consider to use variations of lemons that can be used to make a caipirinha. Who's gonna be the first to try?
Many even unknown to the general public. Have you thought about using different lemons for caipirinhas ?
1 - KEY LIMES
or Mexican Limes or West Indian Lime
Key limes are smaller and more yellow in color, grow to between 1 ”and 2” (2.5 - 5 cm) in diameter and grow on thorny bush-like trees in many countries that have hot climates.
In terms of flavor has a strong acidic aroma and their intense sour-sweet taste that they are widely used in cooking, and to flavor cocktails.
2 - BEARSS LIMES
or Persian Limes (Citrus latifolia)
Most popular varieties of limes in the world, this lime is compared with Key ones, larger, greenish-yellow color, oval and are not as acidic or bitter as Key limes.
Grow on thornless lime trees and the fruit can grow up to 2.5 ”(6 cm) in diameter.
3 - TAHITI LIMES (Persian variation)
Recipe for caipirinha cocktail this is the number lime to be used. The name Tahiti arises from the fact that this type of lime was introduced in California from Tahiti sometime during the period from 1850 to 1880.
Tahiti is considered a type of Persian lime has a more oblong shape than round, juicy flesh that is also less acidic than the Key ones.
4 - KAFFIR LIMES
or Makrut Limes (Citrus hystrix)
Kaffir is a citrus lime native to tropical Southeast Asia and southern China. The etymology of the name "kaffir lime" is uncertain but the Arabic word for non-Muslims is kafir and In South Africa, "kaffir" is an ethnic slur for black African people.
Its lime-green color and distinctive bumpy skin, lack of juice, Kaffir limes are extremely tart and usually too acidic to cook and make cokatils with. are much smaller than other types of limes with the fruits only being about 2 ”(4 cm) wide. Kaffir lime peel is often an ingredient in Thai curry dishes to add acidity and flavor and also Leaves are also dried and used to flavor many Asian dishes.
5 - CALAMANSI LIMES
or Philippine Limes, Calamondin (Citrus microcarpa)
This type of small citrus fruit grows in the Philippines and southern Asia or in any sub-tropical climate. They look more like a small tangerine.
They are hybrid type of lime fruit that looks like a small green lime but has orange-colored flesh, only measuring about 1 ”(2.5 cm) in diameter. The juice from calamondins can be quite sour and they are often used in certain dishes for their flavor and decorative value.
6 - FINGER LIME (Citrus australasica)
This lime originated from a small tree of lowland subtropical rainforest in the coastal border region of Australia and recently popularized as a gourmet bushfood. Doesn’t look like a typical lime apart from its lime-green color, red, light yellow, and light pink.
The fruit is cylindrical and has a long shape with an apex at one end and rough, bumpy skin. The flesh of finger limes looks like small caviar pearls rather than typical oblong citrus fruit juice sacs. Biting into these lime pearls releases tangy, sour juice that has a refreshing taste.
7 - BLOOD LIMES
Blood limes are a hybrid citrus fruit, a cross between the red finger lime (Citrus australasica var. sanguinea) and the 'Ellendale Mandarin' hybrid. fairly small.
Their red egg-shaped fruits only measure about 1.5” (4 cm) long and 0.7” (2 cm) wide, sweet limes with lightly pitted skin and you can eat the skin unlike other lime varieties.
8 - RANGPUR LIMES
or Mandarin lime, Lemandarin, limão-capeta, limão-cravo, limão-rosa, limão-galego (Citrus jambhiri Lush)
The original name develops from a Rangpur area, traditional for planting citrus fruits. Rangpur limes are a citrus fruit with a very acidic taste and an orange peel and flesh, hybrid between the mandarin orange and the citron.
It had great publicity with the introduction in 2006 when Diageo introduced a rangpur-flavored version of Tanqueray gin, known simply as Tanqueray Rangpur.
9 - LIMEQUAT
Limequat is the result of a cross between the key lime and the kumquat, produces an abundance of fruit: small, oval, greenish yellow. It has a sweet tasting skin and a bitter sweet pulp that tastes similar to limes.
The fruit can be eaten whole or the juice and rind can be used to flavor drinks and dishes. Limequats grow in many countries including Japan, Israel, Spain, Malaysia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The variety is great, isn't it?
So, have you decided which lemon will make your caipirinha taste more innovative and creative? Let us know.
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