By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern
When you think of key limes do you think of summer? Me too. But it turns out that in Arizona, key limes are in season in October and November! These little limes need a warm tropical climate to grow in, and Arizona, although not very tropical, is warm! Now, we don’t grow key limes commercially here, but we do have them available directly from some of our retail or direct-market farmers. Commercially marketed key limes are typically grown in places like Mexico and India, and in the United States we have some small growing operations in California, Florida, and like I said, Arizona.
Key limes are a great addition to holiday dishes, and even though it’s a little strange to have such a tropical-feeling fruit available in the fall, I think we should embrace it and add it to our list of favorite autumn ingredients. Maybe we can even make key lime pie a tradition at the Thanksgiving table!
If you can’t think of any recipes including key limes to make, I’m here to help! Here are 15 tasty key lime recipes ranging from meals to desserts that I’ve pulled together. Start trying them today so they will be perfected by the time your holiday guests arrive!
- Original Key Lime Pie
- Key Lime Danish Pastries
- Honey Key Lime Grilled Chicken
- Key Lime Fudge
- Key West Shrimp Boil with Key Lime Mustard Sauce
- Key Lime Spritz Cookies
- Key Lime Cake
- Key Lime Phyllo Tarts
- Shrimp and Florida Spiny Lobster Tails with Hot Key Lime Butter
- Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
- Key Lime Frozen Yogurt
- Fresh Key Lime Salsa
- Key Lime Cupcakes
- Grilled Salmon with Key Lime Butter
- Key Lime Blue Cheese Chicken
While Fill Your Plate might not have any specific “Key Lime” recipes, you should check out our dessert category section within the “recipes” tab and see the variety of citrus recipes, including ones for the holidays on Fill Your Plate!