Limes are one of the most popular fruits in the world! They can be eaten alone, added to water or beverages like tea or coffee, or used as an ingredient in recipes. Plus, limes are full of important minerals such as vitamin C, which helps keep your body healthy and strong.
It is very common to see people carry around their favorite juicer bottle, having them by them at all times means they never run out of juice! However, something that may not be known is how much juice you get from a single lime.
In this article, I will calculate how many drops of liquid you get from eating one half-cup (100 grams) of dried lime powder and then comparing it to one cup (150 grams) of fresh lime. Along with these calculations, there will also be a fun experiment if you choose to perform it!
Reminder: This article only applies to dry limes that have been dehydrated and stored properly.
History of juice
Before we get into the numbers, it is important to understand the history of how much liquid one lime contains. Limes have been around for at least 5,000 years, making them one of the oldest fruits in the world! The Aztecs were famous for their limes and would squeeze the fruit all over themselves and their food while they lived along the coast.
The Europeans took advantage of this knowledge by planting many citrus trees throughout Europe and America. Spain was particularly rich in citrus due to its warm climate. Since then, people have made lots of fresh juices with lemons and limes!
Many people make a drink called “Pomodoro” which consists of one whole lemon or one whole lime squeezed into a glass full of water. This cocktail was invented back in 1837 when an Italian chef needed to test his new stove in a restaurant where he worked. He mixed the two liquids together and discovered that the temperature stabilized after two minutes! Thus the name – pomegranate (the seeds) time (stabilize).
How much juice is in a lime?
The amount of liquid that comes out when you cut open a fresh lime is referred to as its “juice content.” Unfortunately, no official standards exist for how many times you should drop a knife into a piece of food and measure the liquid it produces before calculating the sugar content, so most recipes are self-calibrating!
Most people agree that if there is less than one tablespoon (15 ml) of fluid coming from the lime when pressed, then it has little or no acidity. Limes with two tablespoons (30 ml) of liquid typically get labeled as having moderate acidity, while limes with three tablespoons (45 ml) of liquid have strong acidity.
However, we know that not all limes are created equal! A 1/2 kilo (0.5 kg) box of limes will almost always contain at least three large limes — maybe even four! — which means they’ll be hard to match this definition.
The difference between fresh limes and bottled limes
While some people may think that there is not much of a difference between bottled and freshly squeezed lime juice, this isn’t entirely true!
Bottled lime juices are usually pasteurized which means they have been heat treated to kill off any bacteria. Pasteurization is necessary because otherwise the acidity could cause skin or eye irritation or even severe health problems such as stomach inflammation.
However, our regular price for bottles does include some of the cost of having to bottle-wash and possibly re-pasteurize the product which can add up rather quickly. It also doesn’t account for the packaging waste that needs to be recycled or properly disposed of.
As you probably know by now, we always try to use as many natural products as possible and that goes for beverages too! Having to recycle the glass jar and plastic container adds more to the environmental impact of using these drinks.
We believe it is important to give back to the environment so we choose low-cost naturally occurring acids to make your drink and then we research the best ways to package and distribute them. We never cut down or steepen the fruit to create our own liquid.
How to juice a lime
Now, while some people may say that squeezing the whole thing all at once is the best way to preserve more of the liquid, we can actually improve upon this by breaking down how much liquid you have per part.
The most efficient method is to cut it in half and then press down on it with your hand as you squeeze from the middle to top. This creates an even distribution of liquids when you bottle it.
And because limes are netural acids, they will sour or acidify something else if added properly.
Keep limes in the fridge
While some people refrigerate their limes after using them, this is not recommended. The most important factor about keeping your limes fresh is to never let them get warm.
If you have to take your lime with you or leave the house for a few minutes, then either put it in the freezer until ready to use or pull it out of the refrigerator and cut it immediately before eating it.
However, if you need to go somewhere quickly or want to keep some in the car, no, do NOT freeze your limes!
This will cause the juice to seep more slowly which could make it feel weaker as you consume it. You also should avoid leaving the peel on the lime as that will help preserve the vitamin content and flavor.
When buying limes, check to see if they look dry and wrinkled. If so, they’ve been stored too long and they will taste sour and/or salty.
Juice and eat
While one lime is not very much juice, there are some tricks you can use to get more of that juicy flavor out of it. The most common way is to squeeze it directly into something else. For example, if your drink already has sugar or milk in it, like tea or coffee, you can add the squeezed lime onto that and it will taste better!
If nothing does have additional ingredients, then adding water can be our friend again. By mixing the two liquids together, the lime will lose some of its liquid and take on the other liquid’s flavor, making it taste richer.
And while some people suggest just biting down when drinking liquids to help enjoy them more, we think this goes too far. If you really want the flavor of the lime, simply squeezing it onto your glass, taking a few sips, and then swallowing is the best option.
Juice and keep
Even though limes are usually called for when having a drink, you can always use more of them! Adding more lime to your water or beverage is referred to as “adding juice” to your liquid.
You can also add several limes to make it even brighter and more citrusy-flavored! The amount of lime needed will depend on the size of the glass and how much white berry liquid you have already added to the drink.
For example, if you were making a mixed green tea with milk, then adding one whole lime would not be enough! You would need at least two to get adequate flavor and brightness.
However, if you only have one lime left and there is no sign of white berry liquid, then one lime is okay! Just remember that it may taste less bright and flavorful than expected.
Will my lime juice go bad?
As limes are perishable, there is a limited time frame to enjoy them before they must be discarded. The amount of flavor that can be extracted from a fresh lime varies depending on how you prepare it.
When baking or cooking with citrus ingredients, your juices will usually evaporate and/or burn off. The leftover pulp can sometimes taste funny so we recommend either eating it as a snack food item or adding it to other foods to eliminate it!
The texture and intensity of the acidity also decreases as limes lose their tang due to dehydration.