The screw-pressing of the fruit produces a juice-essential oil emulsion. After the juice is largely separated from the settled oil layer, still steam-distillation of the remaining juice-oil emulsion takes place. This results in changes to the essential oil that are similar to the changes induced by thermal treatment in highly acidic conditions.
Category Essential Oils and Extracts
Regional Availability Worldwide
Harvest Period n/a
Natural Status EU Natural
Organoleptic Descriptors lime
Common Applications bergamot, citrus, lemon, lime, melon, elder flower
Appearance Colourless to greenish yellow liquid
Optical Rotation +34.0 to +47.0
Refractive Index @20℃ 1.4740 - 1.4770
Specific Gravity @20℃ 0.857 - 0.865
Flash Point ℃ 47°C
Shelf Life (months) 12
Storage Recommendations Sealed containers in a cool dark place. Check quality before use.