Friday, April 27, 2018

Lime oil

Lime oil is produced in the United States from a species of the Persian or Tahitian lime — "Citrus Latifolia Tanaka," whereas the lime oil produced in Peru is from a species of the key lime — "Citrus Aurantifolia Swingle."

Lime oils may be either pressed or distilled, but the distilled oil is produced on a much larger scale. The chemical transformations that occur during the distillation of lime result in an oil with an aroma and flavor distinct from the natural peel oil of the fruit.

The distilled lime aroma is characterized as shard, fresh, somewhat harsh and terpenic in nature and it has become accepted as the standard lime flavor in many commercial markets. Lime oil is used in many food flavors.

The principal commercial value of lime oil is its use as a flavoring agent in soft drinks, particularly the cola-flavored beverages. Other major markets for lime oil as a flavor include candy and confectionery products. Because of its fresh odor, relatively large quantities are also employed in eau de cologne and other perfumery products.
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