So it stands to reason that having grown up in England, ( I don't really like being called a limey as I didn't sail over here) I would just have to have a lime tree in my garden. In fact, I have two. The tree from which the limes shown in this photograph came is a Persian lime. This plant was labeled a Persian lime because it was grown in Florida. The same tree is called a Bearss lime in California. It is the lime with which most people are familiar as the source of the large green limes you find in the grocery store. I also have a Mexican lime tree which bears the small yellow/green limes which are normally sold in bags.
My limes are in pots because I know they wouldn't be hardy in the ground where we live, although down in the city I am sure they would be OK in the ground. So, I bring the pots inside for the winter. They do just fine and come spring when they begin to flower they perfume the house with a wonderful fragrance.
This year my Persian lime produced 21 limes and the tree is barely 2' tall. I may have been unwise to let it bear so many and hope it hasn't exhausted itself for next year. The Mexican lime is a constant producer and I don't pick them. I just wait until they fall off the tree by which time they have turned yellow.
With such a big crop at one time I juice the Persian limes and freeze it in ice cube trays for use during the winter in margaritas. Then there's key lime pie, salad dressing, a sprinkle over vegetables and fish and ceviche. Could not do without my lime trees.