A Brief History of Lime


Originating in Malaya, Citrus Aurantifolia (Key, West Indian Lime) was bought to Egypt by Arab traders.

16th C

It was introduced into the West Indies by Spanish sailors to improve bland foodstuffs


James Lind, a Scottish naval surgeon, recognised that citrus fruits conquered scurvy (a lack of Vitamin C) which was rife in the British Navy throughout the eighteenth century.


The Shipping Act was passed in the UK by which all ships registered to the British Isles must carry lime juice. This act remains in force today and led the British people being called "limeys".


In Edinburgh, Lauchlan Rose discovered that lime juice could be preserved by sulphur dioxide and therefore there was no need to preserve with alcohol.


Lime juice cordial was marketed in glass bottles and labelled with "Preserved by an entirely new process, entirely free from alcohol". Thus lime juice was the first SO2 preserved drink.

20th C

The use of ultrafiltration techniques lead to improved quality and enable us to supply juice of exceptional clarity.