Limes: A Citrus Fruit

They’re nutritional powerhouses — high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Large Radish

There are many species of limes

Large Radish

Key lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Persian lime (Citrus latifolia), desert lime (Citrus glauca), and makrut lime (Citrus hystrix).

One whole, medium lime (67 grams) provides


Calories: 20 – Carbs: 7 grams – Protein: 0.5 grams – Fiber: 1.9 grams – Vitamin C: 22% of the Daily Value (DV) – Iron: 2% of the DV – Calcium: 2%% of the DV – Vitamin B6: 2% of the DV – Thiamin: 2% of the DV – Potassium: 1% of the RDI

Limes are high in vitamin C, providing over 20% of your daily needs. They also contain small amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, and more.


Limes may help improve immunity, reduce heart disease risk factors, prevent kidney stones, aid iron absorption, promote healthy skin, and lower your risk of certain cancers.

How to use limes

There are endless ways to use limes inside and outside your kitchen. They add flavor and zest to your meals and can be used as a natural cleaning agent.


Potential side effects

Limes are generally safe to eat, drink, and touch, but some people may have an adverse reaction to eating them or applying them to their skin.