Ground Black Lime
Ground Black Lime
Ground Black Lime
Ground Black Lime
Ground Black Lime
Ground Black Lime

Ground Black Lime

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Our Ground Black Lime is grown on a family farm in Guatemala, where ripe limes are dried in the sun until they oxidize, turning black and savory. A versatile ingredient common in Persian cooking, they have a savory, tart flavor that's great on roasted meat or vegetables, in stews and anywhere you'd use lime juice. It's also a good alternative to makrut / kaffir lime in southeast Asian dishes. 

The New York Times writes: "This is sour upon sour, a quick barb of citrus, and then the musk of fermentation beneath."

  • Origin: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Aliases: limu omani, Persian lime, Omani lime
  • Process: Sun-dried, then ground
  • Ingredients: 100% sun-dried Persian lime (Citrus latifolia), ground
  • Tasting notes: Bright Citrus • Garden Herbs • Tanned Leather

COOKING

SOURCING

Guatemala exports 80% of the world’s cardamom. Much of their cardamom ends up in the Middle East, where cardamom coffee is a morning staple. Our partner farmer's Middle Eastern customers wanted to see if he could also provide them with whole black limes, another spice common in Persian cuisine, and he was happy to oblige.

We introduced our Ground Black Lime in early 2019. Since then, we've worked with our partner farmer to increase production. As a result, our customers (you!) have been helping to offset the recent smaller-than-usual cardamom harvests.

Meet the Farmer:

Our relationship with partner farmer Don Amilcar in Guatemala is one of our longest-standing and closest farmer partnerships. Maybe he was amused when Ethan first visited the farm in 2016 and hauled back a duffel back full of Don Amilcar's vine-ripened cardamom pods in 2016. We all hoped that would be the beginning of a long partnership... and it was.

In 2020, we brought in more than 20,000 pounds of spices from him, which, among other things, helped him build a new farmhouse. (Last photo, scroll to the end. )

Don Amilcar planted his first cardamom vine when he was 9 years old. In the years since then, he's created the only vertically integrated cardamom operation in Guatemala with his own farm, his own drying facility and now, his own export operation run by his daughter Meyllin.

His farming operation is so impressive and produces cardamom so good that Saveur called him "the farmer shaking up the Guatemalan cardamom trade."

Want to check out his farm? You can watch a short video we made with him here.

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JN
06/02/2021
Jordan N.
United States
Authenticity in my kitchen

Absolutely beautiful spices that have added a robustness to my kitchen arsenal. Even the jars they come in are pleasing to look at!

A
06/02/2021
Anonymous
United States
Authenticity in my kitchen

Absolutely beautiful spices that have added a robustness to my kitchen arsenal. Even the jars they come in are pleasing to look at!

A
06/02/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Love the spices

Spices are fresh and lively. I enjoy both using them singly and in combinations.

A
05/21/2021
Anonymous
United States United States
Sprinkle on everything

I shared this with a coworker, who since ordered her own. Will definitely be ordering more myself.

LG
05/20/2021
Lois G.
United States United States
Adds a hint of lime

Excellent on grilled vegetables, chicken and fish!

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