Blood lime

Blood limes

Blood limes are a hybrid citrus fruit developed by the CSIRO project to investigate salt-resistant crops.[1]

While the limes proved unsuitable for high-salt conditions, they have seen some commercial development; the first commercial crop appeared in markets in Australia in July 2004, and are under consideration for export.

The blood lime is smaller than most limes, approximately 4 cm long by 2 cm diameter, and somewhat more sweet than the standard. The flesh inside a blood lime is red. The skin can be eaten with the fruit, and can be red or sometimes green like the standard lime.

The blood lime is a cross between the red finger lime (Citrus australasica var. sanguinea) and the either the Rangpur lime or the Ellendale Mandarin hybrid. The Ellendale is a sweet orange/mandarin cross.[2] The tree may be planted as an ornamental.


  1. Powell, Robyn (31 May 2011). "In season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. "Australian Blood lime". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
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