One of Florida’s most famous flavors, Key Lime Pie has morphed into an array of key lime flavored desserts.
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First let’s start by talking about key limes and how they differ from regular limes. These citrus fruits grow in tropical and sub-tropical regions where the weather doesn’t freeze. This is true of most citrus, but key limes have gained some name recognition over the years, thanks to that famous pie.
These limes are somewhat smaller than standard limes and while they are often green when picked, they take on a yellowish tone when ripe. They are much more sour than common limes, too.
Key Limes first made their way to Florida by Spanish and Portuguese explorers, but — surprise! — they are no longer grown commercially in the state. Still, the Florida Keys namesake lime continues to be a favored ingredient in desserts.
The Famous Pie
The custard-like key lime pie filling is made with a short list of ingredients including sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and key lime juice. Most recipes call for pouring the filling into a graham cracker crust. Honestly, it’s a pretty simple recipe made from some basic pantry ingredients.
This is where home bakers can really explore the flavors of those delicious little limes. Key lime pies might be the most recognizable way to use this delicious citrus, but there are so many key lime recipes to try!
Using fresh lime juice is always going to provide the best flavor, but if you have an abundance, freeze the juice for use throughout the year.
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