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Lime Oil Mexico Citrus aurantifolia

  • Description

    Lime oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia (also known as Citrus medica var. acida) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as Mexican and West Indian lime, as well as sour lime. Originally from Asia, it is now cultivated in many warm countries, especially the West Indies, Southern Europe, India and the Americas.

    Key limes are smaller and seedier to Persian limes, which are more common to Brazil. Persian limes are sweeter and larger and for this reason have a larger share of the global fresh fruit market.

    Lime oil has been extensively used in the food and beverage industries, as well as in creating fragrances. Key limes are more commonly distilled for oil to be used in the beverage industry. This versatile citrus oil is also added to household cleaners, detergents, soaps, and other beauty products. It is frequently used in aromatherapy for its refreshing and stimulating character and can be also used for its cleansing properties.

    Lime juice is widely known as a remedy for treating scurvy and it has been said that the early British sailors used it to prevent scurvy and other skin problems due to its rich Vitamin C content. That same Vitamin C content can help boost the immune system, helping to protect you from common colds and flu.

    Mexico is the second largest producer of key limes in the world, behind India. However, Mexico processes more fruits for oil making it the largest oil producer. The main producing areas are Tecoman (Colima), Apatzingan (Michoacán), Las Vigas (Guerrero) and Costa, (Oaxaca). In recent times Mexico has cultivated over 80,000 hectares of key limes ever year, producing on average over 1,000 MT of distilled oil and over 500 MT of cold pressed oil.

    Mexico suffered terribly during 2014 with their lime production. There are many possible factors behind this with the main reasons being plant disease (greening) and climatic conditions, particularly heavy and unseasonal rains. Their recovery process has been slow and is still on-going, so please check our market updates on the next tab for more details.

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Citrus aurantifolia
    • Origin: Mexico
    • Crop Season: May - August
    • Plant/part used: Whole fruit
    • Method of extraction: Distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8008-26-2
    • EINECS CAS: 90063-52-8
    • EINECS: 290-010-3
    • INCI Name: Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil
    • Appearance: Pale yellow to greenish yellow mobile liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Fresh lime sweet terpene
    • Density: 0.855 - 0.864
    • Refractive index: 1.472 - 1.482
    • Optical rotation: +34° to +47°
    • Chemical constituents: Limonene, Gamma Terpenene, Citral, Terpineol, Bergamotene, Pinene, Terpinolene.
    • IFRA: Restricted by IFRA
    • REACH: Pre-Registered
  • Latest Market Information January 23, 2024

    Lime supply from Mexico faces inconsistencies, leading to diversification in sourcing, while firm pricing is expected until spring. Lime supply from Mexico continues to be inconsistent due to weather and other ongoing conditions including some aging trees, disease problems in nursery stock and drought. That means that fruit sizing and fruit bloom continues to be a problem. In addition, criminal activities are adding to the supply difficulties.

    Some major retailers are either moving or diversifying their supply regions to include more supply from countries such as Colombia. Colombia is offering consistent lime supply, though internal markets are also very good in both Colombia and Peru.

    Due to the lack of official figures from Mexico, and the fact that the USDA groups together both types of lime with lemon, it is difficult to give an evolution of the production and processing volumes.

    The two different botanical varieties of lime can easily be differentiated by size. Key lime is much smaller, about the size of a golf ball. Key limes are cultivated in complicated areas of Mexico on the west coast. The distilled oil, which is the main product when processing, is used in soft drinks, but Key limes are also a popular ingredient in Mexican gastronomy and are very popular on the fresh market. Distilled Key lime is produced differently from other distilled citrus oils, as the whole fruit is crushed and macerated in the juice before distilling. Although Key limes are grown all year the main season is between May and September, and then a winter crop at the end of the year. In 2022 there was no winter crop, which pushed already high lime oil prices even higher to reach record levels. The difficulties in Mexico have encouraged an expansion of Peruvian production and processing. One source recently estimated that Key lime production in 2022/23 was 315,000 MT in Mexico and 216,000 MT in Peru. Production of Persian lime, or Tahitian lime, in Mexico was estimated at 400,000 MT during the same period, while Brazilian production was estimated at 90,000 MT.

    The Persian lime is similar to a lemon, but is consumed and processed immature (green). This fruit becomes yellow if left on the tree. The Persian seedless lime is primarily grown on the Mexican east coast and is gaining popularity due to its lack of seeds, especially on the USA fresh market. Approximately 10% of the crop is processed to produce peel oil, often referred to as expressed oil, being the equivalent of a cold pressed quality for other citrus.

    Mexico is the main origin of both types of lime and the tension on the lime pricing has only increased since COVID when this fruit was seen as an essential way to stay healthy. Pricing should soften for most qualities if the winter crop 2023 is confirmed, but not dramatically. Increasing production from Peru could also ease the tension.

    Market price : USD 125.00 /kilo
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