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 / lime leaves in southeast Asian dishes. 

What they're saying:

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

"Prepare to meet your new favorite spice. Remarkably tart without tasting bitter, this flavorful spice is bright and a little bit sour with deep, earthy notes of leather." Food & Wine

  • Origin: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Aliases: limu omani, Persian lime, Omani lime
  • Process: Sun-dried, then ground
  • Ingredients: 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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GS
11/20/2021
Gail S.
United States United States

A new take on citrus

I still experimenting with various applications of black lime, but so far I love it sprinkled on rice, salads, hummus, and poached fish...stay tuned for more

HA
10/30/2021
Hesam A.
United States United States

Taste of Persia

I have tried practically every persian black lime product, this is so far is the best

A
10/26/2021
Anonymous
United States United States

So yummy!

Love this stuff! It adds just a hint of acidity to any dish

CS
10/20/2021
Cynthia S.
United States United States

Ground Black Lime

This is bursting with the flavor of limes. It is delicious in guacamole, on chicken, and amazing on green veggies like broccoli and brussels sprouts. I use it so often it stays on my countertop instead of in the spice pantry .

A
10/09/2021
Anonymous
United States United States

Great spices

Wow, taste on steroids. I'm a convert. A can't miss purchase

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