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
- Sprinkle into rice, soups, fish and kebabs
- Toss with vegetables prior to roasting
- Use as garnish for cocktails, especially sours and margaritas
- Pairs well with: Black Urfa Chili, Wild Mountain Cumin, Smoked Pimentón Paprika
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: Amilcar Pereira planted his first cardamom vine when he was 9. In the years since then, he has succeeded in creating the only vertically-integrated cardamom operation in Guatemala. His farming practices produce cardamom so good that Saveur called him "the farmer shaking up the Guatemalan cardamom trade." And since we loved Don Amilcar's cardamom, we've also been getting our excellent Black Lime, Allspice Berries and Cobanero Chilis from him.
- ground black lime
Perfect addition to most anything. I'd bought some for myself and loved the flavor so much that I gave it as holiday presents.
This comes in a black, almost smoky powder with an intriguing hint of lime. So far our favorite use is for fish- cod, haddock, etc. but we’re excited to keep trying it!
We can’t stop putting this on fish. I had to buy my boyfriend his own bottle because he was going through mine so fast! A really interesting and different option for the spice rack. Great sprinkled on Thai dishes too. Thanks again, B&B!
This spice is a well kept secet. I spoke to Ethan and he recommended this spice. It is one of the best spice I I have ever used. I have recommended Burlap & Barrel to so many of my friends and have told them about your spices and highly recommend they try Black Lime. Faith
Experimenting. Adds flavor dimensions