How to Cut Lime Wedges in 4 Easy Steps

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lime wedge on rustic wooden cutting board

Limes are tart, zesty, and full of flavor. They’re the perfect fresh fruit to add a zesty kick to a wide variety of foods. They’re also incredibly healthy for you, providing folate, B6, potassium, and flavonoids. They also contain the phytochemical limonene, which has been shown to possess anti-cancer benefits. It also helps increase the level of enzymes that rid the body of potential carcinogens. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also packed with vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system to ward off colds and the flu.

Luckily it isn’t difficult to enjoy all that limes have to offer. They’re really easy to cut into wedges, which can then be used to garnish your favorite drinks. You can also place them on top of a Tex Mex dinner for a pop of flavor. Or, you can even use the wedges to squeeze atop your favorite dish to add a bit of zesty flavor. Before we get into how to cut limes into wedges, you first need to know how to select a perfectly ripe lime.

How to Pick the Perfect Lime

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Did you know that the limes you find at the food store aren’t entirely ripe? That’s right. We eat limes when they’re slightly under ripe to reach that tangy, zesty flavor we all know and love. To pick the ideal lime that strikes the perfect balance between ripe and under ripe, you can look for a few key signs. First, take a whiff. If the fruit smells like a lime, it’s probably ready. You can also give it a gentle squeeze. The skin should give ever so slightly, but still feel firm. You can also check the lime’s weight. A heavier lime indicates that it will contain more juice.

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How to Cut a Lime into Wedges: 4 Simple Steps

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Limes are super easy to cut and enjoy. One of the easiest ways to cut a lime is to turn it into wedges. You can use lime wedges to garnish your favorite drinks or meals. Lime wedges are also just the right size to squeeze out the juice to add some lime flavor to your favorite food. Here’s how to do it:

  1. To start, gently scrub the lime to remove any dirt and debris. You can use some warm water and a vegetable scrub brush to do this, being careful not to press too hard and damage the fruit.
  2. Next, place your lime on a cutting board. Use a small paring knife to cut the ends off of the lime. Be sure not to cut too far into the fruit. Instead, just cut the tips off of the lime to remove the stem end and the lump on the other end.
  3. Stand the fruit up onto one of the freshly cut ends and chop the lime in half lengthwise to create two equal halves.
  4. Depending on the size of the fruit, you can slice each half into two to three wedges. Small fruits may only yield four total wedges, while larger fruits can be cut into six or eight total wedges. You can play it by ear on this step, but you’ll want to keep in mind that the wedge needs to be large enough to squeeze. You don’t want to cut the wedges too small that they don’t contain any juice. Once you decide how many wedges to make, you can place the lime on its cut end (the peel will face upwards) and make the appropriate number of slices at an angle, starting from the center line.

Can You Eat a Lime Peel?

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Lime peels are similar to orange peels in that you can eat them, but they’re not exactly appetizing with an extremely tart and sour taste. However, they’re packed with nutrients. In fact, studies have found that the citrus peel contains the highest proportion of natural antioxidants in the fruit.

You can use the outer layer of lime peels for zesting to add flavor to many foods, including beverages, marinades, and delicious baked goods. Just take a fresh lemon and use a small grater to shred the outer part of the lime peel into fine pieces and use in your favorite recipes.

You can cut a lime into wedges quickly and easily in under a few minutes. You can then use these wedges to garnish your favorite drinks or flavor various foods, including desserts and dinners. Enjoy!