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How to make Loomi Tea or Black Lime Tea (Citrus aurantifolia)

How to make Loomi Tea or Black Lime Tea (Citrus aurantifolia)

All About Loomi | Know Your Spice Loomi, Black Lime or Sun Dried Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Loomi (Citrus aurantifolia) is also known as Dried Lime, Noomi Basra, Leimoon Basra, Leimoon Aswad, Leimoon Omani, Limoo Amani (Citrus aurantifolia)

Loomi or Sun dried lime or Noomi Basra are used to add a sour flavour to dishes.

They are made with Persian limes through a process known as souring. Lime are cooked in saltwater (brine) and then dried in the sun.

The saltwater bath helps the limes to dry out and prevents mould from forming.

The final product is a shrunken, dehydrated lime which varies in colour from brown to very dark brown.

In Iranian or Persian cuisine, Noomi Basra are a staple used to flavour marinades, stews salads & soups.

Sun dried lime or black lime may also be occasionally added to the spice blend Baharat.

What are the other names of Loomi?

Dried Lime names in other languages are given below.
Indian Languages Other Languages
Hindi: Kala Nimbu
Latin (Botanical): Citrus aurantifolia
Iranian: Limoo Amani
Iraqi: Noomi Basra
English: Dried Lime, Black Lime, Sun Dried Lime
Omani: Loomi, Lumi

German: Limette acide
French: Limette
Spanish: Lima ácida

What exactly is Loomi?

Get to know about Sun Dried Lime or Limoo Amani

Spice card – loomi or black lime (citrus aurantifolia)

Sun dried lime or Noomi Basra are used to add a sour flavour to dishes. They are made with Persian limes through a process known as souring.

They resemble dented & discarded ping pong balls that have been marinated in mud.

To make them fresh lime are first cooked in saltwater (brine) and then dried in the sun till they are rock hard.

The final product is a shrunken, dehydrated lime which varies in colour from brown to very dark brown.

Black limes have a pungent fragrance when opened, offering a sweet-tart, tangy citrus flavor with fermented, musky undertones.

What is the botanical description of Loomi?

Botanical information of Sun Dried Lime or Limoo Amani

Botanics Black limes or Loomi is botanically classified as Citrus aurantifolia. These are dried versions of the Persian lime and are members of the Rutaceae (Citrus family).

The plant thrives in the tropics where it can produce fruit all year around. In most favourable conditions fruit are picked once a month throughout the year.

Loomi or Black limes are small in size, averaging 2-4 centimeters in diameter, and are round to oval in shape with a hollow, lightweight feel.

The rind ranges in color from tan to dark brown, sometimes appearing almost black, and is hard, thick, and leathery with mottling and faint striping.

The flesh is dried, dark brown-black, brittle, and flaky with patches of sticky pith.

What is the nutrition value of Loomi?

Know the nutritional value of Limoo Amani or Sun Dried Lime

The nutrition value of Loomi: Sun dried lime or loomi contains folic acid, B vitamin and amino acid.

It also has traces of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium.

What is the chemical composition of Loomi?

Know and understand about chemical composition of Sun Dried Lime or Noomi Basra

In a serving size: 1 tsp. (2g) Black lime or sun dried lime contain:

  • Calories 0, Fat Cal.0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Sat. Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g,
  • Cholest. 0mg(0%DV), Sodium 0mg, (1%DV, Total Carb.1g(0%DV) Fiber 0g(0%DV),
  • Sugars 0G, Protein 0g, Vitamin A(0%DV), Vitamin C(2%DV), Calcium (4%DV),
  • Iron (4%DV).

(Percent Daily Values DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet)

    What is the history of Loomi?

    Know more about the origins & the story behind Sun Dried Lime or Kala Nimbu

    Limes are native to Asia of Indo-Malayan region from ancient times, which stretches from India to Southeastern Asia, including the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia..

    The fruits were then believed to have been brought to North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean region by Arabian traders in the 10th century.

    The process of creating Black limes was originally developed in Oman, which is a country located south of Iran along the Arabian Sea.

    Black limes have been a mainstay of Persian cuisine since ancient times. Bedouin women also used Loomi or Black limes to dye yarn.

    What are the uses of Loomi?

    How is Kala Nimbu or Noomi Basra or Sun Dried Lime used?
      • In Saudi Arabia, Black limes are a staple ingredient in dishes such as kabsa, matazeez, jareesh, and qursan and are also used to make Loomi tea.
      • Today Black limes have seen a resurgence in popularity through the cocktail industry as well-known bartenders are creating drinks using the ground Black lime.
      • The dried sun dried lime adds a burst of tart mixed with rich, fermented undertones to create unusual flavor pairings.
      • Sun dried lime can also be used in ground form and rubbed on meats, sprinkled on beans, mixed into grain bowls, or used as a substitute for sumac.
      • Taste of loomi blends well with darker, aged spirits such as brandies and rums or fruit forward drinks such as punches and daiquiris.

    What does Loomi taste like?

    What is the the taste of Sun Dried Lime or Limoo Amani?

    Loomi or Sun dried lime flavour is tangy, earthy, and intense. Overall, black lime have a sweet-tart, tangy citrus flavour with slightly bitter, fermented, musky undertones.

    The bitter, fermented accents are mainly concentrated in the lime’s outer skin and seeds and it comes because loomi are preserved.


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    What can I use Loomi for?

    Learn how to use Dried Lime in your food & beverages.

    Loomi / black limes / sun dried limes are extremely hard and it takes quite a bit of effort to grind them up.

    To do this at home, you can wrap the sun dried limes in a towel and crush them with a hammer. Then you can grind the large pieces that are left in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle.

    Or, you can poke a whole noomi basra with a fork and immerse the fruit into your dish for infusion of flavour.

    When you use them whole, simply pierce the skin so liquids can pass through the black lime into your dish.

    • Sun dried lime is used to flavour tagines and other stews, soups, fish, grilled meats or vegetables.
    • You can use sun dried lime for flavour by putting it directly into the cooking water of rice, chickpeas or lentils.
    • Black limes are used to impart a citrusy, smoky flavor with a slight tang to soups, meat dishes, rice, and stews.
    • You can use them for your beverages and cocktails including Loomi tea or daiquiri.
    • You can powder sun dried lime and use it to flavor cakes, pastries & sauces.

    How long does Loomi last?

    Learn about how long does loomi last in storage.

    Stored whole, loomi or dried lime may last for two years.

    How do I store Loomi?

    Learn about how to store annatto.

    Store loomi in a dry & airtight glass container in a dark cabinet away from the light. Store it at room temperature away from moisture.

    Is there a substitute for Loomi?

    Learn how to use a substitute for annatto if unavailable

    Sumac or grated lemon zest can be used as a substitute for dried lime, however they will lack the pungent flavour. Orange or malta zest is another option.

    If these two are unavailable, you can also try tamarind or amchur.

    Where do I buy Loomi from?

    Where to Locate Loomi in the Grocery Store?

    Dried limes are available in whole, crushed or powdered form. You can buy dried lime (loomi) or dried lemon (lemon omani) at most Middle Eastern/ Indian groceries or online at Amazon

    What are the health benefits of Loomi?

    Learn about health benefits of Loomi or Citrus aurantifolia

    Health Benefits of Loomi (Citrus aurantifolia) or Benefits of Dried Lime

    • Health Benefits of Loomi for Heart’s Health – Contains beneficial potassium components excellent for heart muscles as it strengthens and regulates the pumping of blood. It also lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
    • Health Benefits of Sun Dried Lime for Digestion – Black limes cure diarrhoea and other gastric issues. A natural cleanser for the digestive system; it relieves constipation and opens appetite.
    • Health Benefits of Loomi for Immunity –Loomi boost your immune system.
    • Health Benefits of Sun Dried Lime as an Antioxidant –Expels harmful bacteria, waste and other toxins out of the body by cleaning the intestine with its high percentage of vitamin C and antibacterial properties.
    • Health Benefits of Loomi for Cancer Sun dried lime’s anti-cancer properties prevent the DNA change, due to the compounds that are reported to stop cell division in numerous cancer cell lines. Loomi works as a natural antibiotic too.
    • Health Benefits of Sun Dried Lime for Minerals –Loomi contains folic acid, B vitamin and amino acid, Along with traces of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, which aids in producing new cells formation.
    • Health Benefits of Loomi for Bone Health –  Black lime is a warehouse of Vitamin D. It helps in increasing physical movement, prevents osteoporosis, strengthens the bones, muscles and teeth.
    • Health Benefits of Sun Dried Lime for Diabetes –Pectin and other compounds in sun dried lime peel have the ability to reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Loomi may also be able to improve insulin sensitivity, which is a major factor in diabetes.

    Like most spices, sun dried lime are good for you. While some of its nutrients may be removed during the drying process, others remain and may even be concentrated by desiccation.


    How to make Loomi Tea or Black Lime Tea (Citrus aurantifolia)
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    Loomi - Sun Dried Lime or Black Lime | Make Loomi at Home

    Loomi - Sun Dried Lime or Black Lime - Sun dried lime or Black Lime is used to produce a unique, deep citrus flavor in many dishes from Iraq, Iran & all the way to Morocco. The fragrance and flavour they impart even in the most humble recipes is unmatched by fresh lime or its likes.
    Course Condiment
    Cuisine Middle Eastern
    Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Keyword Black Lime, Loomi, Make Black Lime, Make Loomi, Make Sun Dried Lime at Home, Sun Dried Lime
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 7 days
    Total Time 7 days 10 minutes
    Servings 10 Servings
    Calories 15kcal
    Author Sumit Malhotra

    Ingredients

    • 10 Piece Persian Lime Key Lime or Nimbu
    • 5 Cup Water
    • 2 Tablespoon Salt

    Instructions

    • Wash and clean the lime and dry for 15 minutes.
    • Add salt to water and bring to a roaring boil.
    • Add and boil the limes in salted water for 15 minutes.
    • Allow to cool and place the limes on a wire mesh.
    • Set them them in a well ventilated, sunny spot.
    • And, let the Sun do it's thing.
    • Ensure to turn them once a day so they dry evenly.
    • Your loomi will be ready to use in a week.

    Notes

    • Persian limes are ideal for making loomi, but Key limes work well. In fact, any lime will do.
    • If you don't get enough sunlight, use your crock pot set to the lowest temperature.

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    FInally! To Sum It Up

    All About Loomi (Citrus aurantifolia) | Benefits of Loomi

    Spice card – loomi or black lime (citrus aurantifolia)

    All About Loomi | Know Your Spice Loomi, Black Lime or Kala Nimbu or Sun Dried Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

    Sun dried lime or Noomi basra or Kala Nimbu are used to add a sour flavour to dishes. They are made with Persian limes through a process known as souring.

    Lime are cooked in saltwater (brine) and then dried in the sun. The saltwater bath helps the limes to dry out and prevents mould from forming.

    The final product is a shrunken, dehydrated lime which varies in colour from brown to very dark brown.

    In Iranian or Persian cuisine, they are a staple used to flavour marinades, stews salads & soups. Dried lime or Amani Limoo is occasionally added to the herbal blend baharat.

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