Lime Tree Varieties
Indian Sweet Lime Tree
Seeds: few 0–6
Fruit size: medium 1 3/4"–2 1/2"
Comments: Low acid, very juicy, mild flavored. White juice. Orange-yellow peel. In India and Egypt, they are believed to have medicinal powers.
Kaffir Lime Tree
Seeds: many 10–20
Fruit size: tiny
Comments: Small tree. Fruit has rough, bumpy, thick peel. Dark green fruit has strong lime aroma. Rind is used for oil, leaves used in Asian cooking.
Key Lime Tree
Seeds: few 3–10
Fruit size: small 1 1/4"–1 3/4"
Comments: Very acidic and juicy. Flesh is greenish-yellow. Excellent for cooking and pies. Vigorous, medium-size, bushy, thorny, growth. Cold sensitive.
Limequat Lime Tree
Seeds: few 0–7
Fruit size: small 1 1/4" –1 3/4"
Comments: Cross between a round kumquat and key-lime. Small tree, very heavy producer. Acidic, very juicy. Yellow fruit, white flesh. More cold tolerant than other limes.
Persian Lime Tree
Fruit size: medium 1 3/4"–2 1/2 "
Comments: Fruit is greenish-yellow. Flesh is pale yellow. Very juicy and acidic. Most common for commerical use. Thornless, dark green leaves. Similar to store variety.