lime tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rpickel
October 12, 2009
when are limes ripe?

Answer from NGA
October 12, 2009
To determine whether a green lime is ripe enough for harvesting, gently twist one from the stem of the lime tree and cut it open. Harvest time is appropriate if the fruit is juicy inside; otherwise, you?ll have to wait awhile longer. Also, try looking for limes that are light green as opposed to those which are darker in color and choose fruits that are smooth and slightly soft when gently squeezed.

Green limes will not continue to ripen once picked; therefore, it?s usually best to leave them on the tree until needed, as green limes keep longer this way, unless you choose to freeze them. The juice can also be frozen, placing in ice cube trays and used as needed, which is especially helpful if fruit has fallen from ripe lime trees.

Once limes begin taking on a wrinkled appearance, they have been left on the tree too long. They will eventually fall from ripe lime trees as they turn yellow.

Hope this information is helpful.

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