DRYLEMONS - DRIED LEMONS
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Black lemons or dried lemons are some of the indelible ingredients in Persian as well as some Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly Kuwait and Iraq. Contrary to popular belief, black lemons are not lemons at all - they are actually limes!Click here to see the difference between lemons and limes!
Black lemons are called loomi in the Middle East. They are sold in stores by the name of black lemon, dried limes, and in gourmet or ethnic grocers, as loomi. They are also available in ground form. They are small and can range from a brownish-gray color to black. Although they are unappealing to look at, they have a tangy, earthy flavor that is unique and delicious!
Black limes are usually used in legume, seafood or meat dishes. They are pierced, peeled or crushed before adding them to the dish. After cooking they become softer and edible. They can also be powdered and added to rice dishes. Powdered black lime is also used as an ingredient in Gulf-style baharat (a spice mixture which is also called kabsa or kebsa). It is a traditional ingredient of Persian cooking, and can also be found in neighboring Arab countries, such as Iraq, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
Black limes are strongly flavored. They taste sour and citrusy like a lime but they lack the sweetness of fresh limes. Because they are preserved they also have a slightly bitter, fermented flavor.
Non-Culinary Applications of Dry Lemons
Dry Black Lemon powder finds applications in the following industries:
- Paint Industry
- Wood Industry
- Adhesive Industry
- Leather Industry
- Paper Industry
Other Name of Dry Lemons
Dry Lemons are known by many other names such as:
- Black Lemon
- Black Limes
- Dried Limes
- Limoon Aswad
- Noomi Basra
More About Dry Lemons
To prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus, such as lemon, and later switched to lime, which was not as effective at preventing scurvy but was easier to obtain on Britain's Caribbean colonies. It was later discovered that the greater effectiveness of lemons derived from the 4-fold higher quantities of vitamin C contained in lemon juice compared to the West Indian limes used by the British. This was initially a closely guarded military secret, as scurvy was a common enemy of various nations' navies, and the ability to remain at sea for lengthy periods without contracting scurvy was a huge benefit for the military. The British sailor thus acquired the nickname of being a "Limey" because of their usage of limes.
Lime juice may be squeezed from fresh limes, or purchased in bottles in both unsweetened and sweetened varieties. Lime juice is used to make limeade, and as an ingredient (typically as sour mix) in many cocktails.
Lime extracts and lime essential oils are frequently used in perfumes, cleaning products, and aromatherapy.
In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chillies to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye. Furthermore, it was believed that hanging limes over sick people cured them of the illness by repelling evil spirits lurking inside the body..(source: http://www.wikipedia.com)