Gandharaj Lemon, Kaffir Lime (Big Nimbu) Plant
This lime is popularly known as the King of lime in West Bengal. Also Gondhoraj Lemon called the kaffir lime, makrut or Mauritius papeda is a citrus fruit native to tropical Asia, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. This lemon with a very little amount of juice is extremely popular in the eastern part of India. The popularity comes from a strong but pleasant fragrance this lemon exudes when cut sections are squeezed. The fragrant juice and pulp are primarily mixed with rice. There is a belief in Ayurvedic medicine that a cup of hot water with lemon juice in it every morning tonifies and purifies the liver. Lemon juice, rind, and zest are used in a wide variety of food and drink. It is used to make lemonade, soft drinks, and cocktails. It is used in marinades for fish. Lemons also make a good short-term preservative, commonly used on sliced apples. This keeps the fruit crisp and white for about a day, preventing the unappetizing browning effect of oxidization. This helps to prolong the usage of the fruit. In India, the lemon is used in Indian traditional medicines Siddha Medicine and Ayurveda.