Large, ripe lime with adjacent removed slice on wooden kitchen countertop with white tile backsplash in background

Colorado’s Best Drinks recently introduced two delicious sparkling water options – Citrus Water and Hibiscus Water! You can't go wrong with either of our latest beverage choices, which both bring sweet and fruity flavor with every sip. Best of all, both sparkling water options have zero calories and zero grams of sugar per can, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without ditching your diet.

With the recent introduction of these two fresh flavors, it's the perfect time to crack open a can of Sparkling CBD Citrus Water and explore the roots of its core citrus fruit components – and the ways they’ve grown and changed over the years. To celebrate our sublime new sparkling water flavors, we’ve found some fascinating facts about limes that you won’t want to miss.

Limes By the Dozen

While limes of every variety are generally grouped together as a single category of fruit, there are more than a dozen distinct types. Limes of every subtype share a few key characteristics – they’re globular or oval-shaped, with a small nipple at one end, and a yellowish-green color when ripe. Most limes are grown on various types of citrus trees, growing natively in multiple continents across the globe. Two lime varieties aren’t classified as members of the “citrus” genus of scientific classification. The wild lime – a member of the flowering plant genus Zanthoxylum – is native to the Southern United States and throughout many regions of Central and South America. Similarly, Spanish limes are members of the genus Meliococcus (also comprised of flowering plants). Despite the striking resemblance of wild limes and Spanish limes to limes of virtually every other variety, neither type is officially considered a citrus fruit.

Top-of-the-Lime Production

Persian limes, key limes and kaffir limes are the most widely produced types of limes internationally. 19.4 million tons of limes were produced in 2018 – with India, Mexico, China, and Argentina cumulatively producing more than half of the global total. These nations traditionally top the charts as the world's leading lime producers. While the rates of annual lime production fall pretty flat in most other countries, limes and other citrus fruits are beloved on nearly every continent as staples of many cuisines and cocktails.

Citrus fruit limes of various ripeness filling entire frame

Oh, Blimey – Those British Limeys!

In our modern-day society, limes are generally valued for their unique flavor and tongue-curling zest. However, they were once a cultural mainstay for much more pragmatic reasons than the added pleasure or pucker they’re known to bring to our favorite recipes. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British sailors relied on a daily state-sanctioned allowance of limes to help prevent the scourge of scurvy. This potentially deadly disease is caused by a serious lack of vitamin C. Sailors were often stationed on ships for months at a time without access to varied and fresh foods, making malnutrition nearly inevitable – and an outbreak of scurvy among the nation’s armed forces could have serious implications for the entire country’s safety. With their relatively low-cost and low-maintenance cultivation, impressive shelf life and high concentration of vitamin C, limes could be simply and affordably stocked before months-long voyages – a brilliant strategy on Britain's part. The military closely guarded their secret green weapon for years as an upper hand over enemy nations also facing scurvy. Once the world learned about the British navy’s decades of daily lime consumption, members of the British naval forces were teasingly nicknamed “limeys.”

Small and Sour with Fragrant Flowers

Limes can easily be distinguished by the distinctive flowers they produce. These are characteristically small and star-shaped, arranged in clusters with a pleasing aroma. The flowers of citrus limes may be white or yellow, depending on the type of lime tree and the regions in which they’re grown. Limes are revered for their ability to bloom and produce fruit throughout the year, making them a scenic seasonal addition to the landscapes of their native nations. Lime trees in the Northern hemisphere typically produce the most flowers and fruit between the months of May and September.

Limes May Be Sour, But Their Benefits Are Sweet

It’s no secret that for such small fruits, limes pack a serious punch. Our (purely anecdotal) research shows that just a few drops of freshly squeezed lime juice can cause immediate, unambiguous face-scrunching in people of every age. However, their taste isn’t the only way they’re seriously impactful – a single, medium-sized lime contains more than a dozen valuable vitamins and minerals. A lime that’s two inches in diameter contains almost 20 milligrams of vitamin C with just 20 total calories per fruit. As such, nutrients include over 20% of adults’ daily recommended intake of vitamin C, along with 2% of recommended iron, calcium, fiber, thiamine and vitamin B6. Many nutritionists and other health professionals routinely recommend citrus water for dieters and all health-conscious individuals to maximize nourishment without exceeding a healthy caloric intake.

Glass of sparkling citrus water with large lime wedges floating above ice cubes

No Matter How You Slice It, Citrus Is Worth Celebrating!

If you haven’t already tried our delicious sparkling CBD water and soda options, now’s the time to do so! Order a twelve-pack or a forty-eight pack of Sparkling CBD Citrus Water or our other delicious products today. We'll bring a case to your doorstep – ready to savor straight from the can, poured over ice, or blended into delicious cocktail recipes. Like our five classic CBD soda flavors, all seven sparkling CBD water and soda flavors are vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium and preservatives. All seven of our CBD beverage options are made with phytocannabinoid-rich, broad spectrum hemp extract. Better yet, each refreshing sparkling CBD soda and water flavor is vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten, sodium, and preservatives – and you’ll taste that sweet simplicity with every sip.

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