Many recipes require the juice of one lime or the zest of one lime. But exactly how much juice is in a lime anyway? And how much zest is in a lime?
In order to figure out how much juice and zest is in a lime we used medium limes as our standard. There are about 5 limes in 1 pound. We found that on average, one lime has 2 tablespoons of lime juice in it. One lime also has 2 teaspoons of lime zest in it.
So if a recipe calls for the juice of 1 lime you can substitute 2 tablespoons of bottled juice. Or if it calls for 1 tablespoon of lime juice and you'd rather use fresh you can just take the juice from 1/2 a lime. Fresh lime juice is often more complex than bottled so it's best to use it when you can.
Did you know that a ripe lime is not green but yellow in color? Limes are native to India and they remain the largest producer of limes today.
So now you can be confident that 2 tablespoons is how much juice is in a lime. Having trouble juicing limes? We highly recommended getting a hand juicer, such as the Bellemain Squeezer because it makes juicing limes, lemons, and oranges so much easier. If you are struggling to get the zest off, look into a zester, or better yet a microplane, which will also work with Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, garlic and ginger!
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