quote:Originally posted by indybob:
Anybody know how they're prepared in Southeast Asia, where the "key lime," Citrus aurantiifolia is actually from?
Since you started the history, you should have finished:
Key Limes (Citrus aurantifolia) are the fruit of tropical citrus tree closely related to lemons. This evergreen tree is in the Rue family, Rutaceae, which also includes citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and kumquats. Limes are native to Southeast Asia, and probably originated in Indonesia or Malaysia. They made their way to the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabs, and to the western Mediterranean, with returning Crusaders, and eventually to the West Indies, more particularly Haiti, when Columbus introduced citrus fruits there on his second voyage. These limes, used in most of the world, are what we call Key Limes.
Key limes were grown commercially in southern Florida and the Florida keys, until the 1926 hurricane wiped out the citrus groves. The growers replaced the Key Lime trees with Persian Lime trees because they are easier to grow, easier to pick because they have no thorns, and due to the much thicker skin, are easier and more economical to ship.
Indy. So as you see, there are a lot or worldly regions that know about the key lime prior to the U.S. But they have alos been in the U.S. for over a hundred years and are now considered a Florida native as the cultivar "Swindle".