Studies on the chemical composition and feeding values of lime (Citus aurantifolia, Swingle) and lemon (Citrus limon, Linn)
Kunjukutty, N.; Sankunny, T.R.; Menachery, M.
Indian Veterinary Journal 43(5): 453-460
ISSN/ISBN: 0019-6479 PMID: 5946436 Accession: 014693081
Lime and seedless lemon fruits were collected from villages near Trichur and the juice was expressed before the residues were analysed. Lime seeds had 52.3% dry matter, ether extract 33-1 and crude protein 9.8%; the seeds were about a third by weight of the fruit. Peel of both fruits had about 70% N-free extract. The juices also were similar in composition with 9.1 and 9.6% dry matter, total sugars 0.85 and 0.67 and reducing sugars 0.52 and 0.55 g per 100 ml, but lime juice had twice as much ascorbic acid as lemon, 17.11 +or-0.29 and 8.35+or-0.39 mg per 100 g.Lime seed, lime peel and lemon peel were dried at 80 degrees C and ground and then incorporated into the diet of groups of young albino rats to provide about 800 mg test substance daily. They did not appear to have any particular feeding value; weight gains and blood composition or red cell count were not affected. E.