The screw-pressing of the fruit produces a juice-essential oil emulsion. The emulsion is then steam distilled and the oil separated from the condensate by decantation. The drastic thermal treatment in the highly acidic lime juice leads to changes in the essential oil. However these changes are appareciated for some applications and furthermore, having undergone drastic acid-thermal action, the oil is extremely stable in acid applications.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period May - Aug
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors sweet, fresh, terpene, lime
Common Applications bergamot, citrus, lemon, lime, melon, elder flower
Appearance Pale yellow to yellow liquid
Optical Rotation +32.0 to +47.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.4680 - 1.4820
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.855 - 0.870
Flash Point ℃ 50°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.