Limes are small citrus fruits with green skin and flesh. Their sour juice is a popular addition to drinks and cuisines that require a sharp kick to counterbalance spice, such as Mexican and Thai
For a traditional American bite, head to California Pizza Kitchen (Ocean Terminal, Times Square, MegaBox or Gala Place in Mong Kok) and try a slice of key lime pie.
Did you know?
Limes were used by British sailors during the 19th century to prevent scurvy, leading to the nickname 'limey' for Britons
Make it yourself
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 firm mangos, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small cucumber, skin partially peeled so it looks striped, cut into chunks
1.5cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce OR balsamic vinegar
200g cooked prawns (if you use soy sauce) OR feta cheese (if you use balsamic vinegar)
Small bunch coriander, leaves only
1 mild red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
Follow the steps
Place the mango and cucumber in a bowl.
Juice one lime into a small bowl. Cut the other lime in half, then cut each half into thin wedges. Cut the skin away - do it over the juice bowl so you don't waste any juice - then add the lime wedges to the mango and cucumber with the ginger.
Mix the lime juice, sugar and soy sauce/balsamic vinegar together and pour over fruit. Peel the avocado and cube it, being sure to mix it well in the limey dressing.
Crumble over the feta or add the prawns, scatter with coriander leaves and chopped chilli, and stir gently to combine.
Ingredients (makes 4)
1 medium papaya
3 limes (juiced)
4 tbsp granulated sugar
Follow the steps
Peel and deseed the papaya, then chop into cubes. Blend or liquidise the fruit with some ice water, adding as much water as necessary to create a smooth liquid.