Although lemons and limes may not be what you would choose as a stand alone fruit to eat, their intense sour flavour can lend a wonderful and dynamic zest to many sauces, salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and desserts. These citrus fruits are powerhouses of Vitamin C antioxidant properties and offer many nutritional benefits.

Lemons are oval in shape and feature a yellow, texturized outer peel with segments inside. Usually smaller than lemons, limes are oval or round in shape having a diameter of one to two inches with green flesh and skin. They can be either sour or sweet depending on the variety.

While both are available throughout the year, lemons are in the peak of their season around May, June and August while limes are at their peak from May through October.

As a result of the increasing popularity of lemon and limes in food preparation and drinks world wide, exporters from developing countries may take advantage of these developments and offer alternatives to supply dominant markets.