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Dry yellow Lime, 4 pieces

Harvested near the Zagros mountains in South western Iran this lemon will add a hint of acidity to tagines stews, vegetable soups or home made ratatouille. Use it ground, while or chopped (2 to 3 lemons serves 6). Added bonus for this delicious dried lemon; it can be easily be kept in an it tight container for several years !

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“Limu” or dried limes are used on a daily basis in Iraqi & Persian cuisine. They are also known as “limes”, “omani limes” and “wild Iranian limes”. In Iraq they are called “noomi basra” which refers to Bassorah port, the only Iraqi port in the Persian Gulf where the limes arrived by boat.

It is said that it is under the Sultan of Oman that the technique for drying these limes was invented, that is why they are called “limu omani”.

The dried limes come from the Citrus aurantifolia tree which is part of the Rutaceae family. The drying process is natural and requires no human intervention. The limes dry directly on the tree, under the sun and become brown on the outside whilst the inside turns black.

“Limu” is an essential ingredient to bring a certain bitterness and subtle notes of citrus fruits to many daily dishes: tagines, stews, vegetable soups, grilled meat, home-made ratatouille, cream sauces…

Just drop half a dried lime or a few chunks into the cooking water for rice, lentils, quinoa or spaghetti.

In Iran, the limes are used whole after being pierced with a knife whereas in Iraq they are most often cut in two to remove the central black part. It can also be ground down using a pestle and mortar before adding to your biscuit or scone dough or crumble mix. You can also sprinkle it over your fruit salads or use it in a marinade for fish.

Dosage: use a whole lime for two people.


Additional Information

Country Iran
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Ingredient Citron jaune séché
Storage conditions À l'abri de la chaleur, de l'humidité et de la lumière.
Allergen Allergen free
Use By date 5 ans
Nutritional info No
Botanical genus and species Citrus aurantifolia
Other names Citron jaune, Citron jaune d'Iran, limu, citron jaune séché, lime séché, lime, lime omani, lime sauvage d’Iran, limoo, noomi basra
Culture mod NA
Color Yellow
Intensity scale No
Aromatic footprint n/a


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