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Mosambi, Sweet Lime, Sweet Lemon or Citrus Limetta and Its Health Benefits

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Mosambi, Sweet Lemon, Sweet Lime Or Citrus limetta

Latin Name: Citrus limetta

Common Names: Persian lime, sweet limetta, sweet lime, sweet lemon, Mediterranean sweet lemon, etc.

Indian Names : Mosambi, mausambi, musambi etc.

Mosambi or sweet lemon is native to India. Today it is grown in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, tropical America, in parts of Florida and California.

Sweet lime or mosambi is believed to be a hybrid of a Mexican type lime and a sweet lemon.

About The Mosambi,Sweet Lime, Sweet Lemon Or Citrus limetts Plant

The Mosambi tree is a small tree growing to a height of about 25 feet. The branches are smooth, branch irregularly and bear numerous thorns. It bears fragrant white flowers and the unripe green fruit turns to yellow on ripening. The fruits ripen only on the tree and once they are picked they do not ripen further. Hence only ripe fruits should be bought.

The ripeness of the fruit can be judged by scratching the surface of the skin with the fingernail and if the fruit is ripe the aroma of the essential oils can be smelled instantly. The mosambi should also feel heavy for its size. The skin when pressed should feel spongy and springy, and have a sheen to it and should not be hard and dry. Mosambi fruit is the size of a tennis ball.

The trees start bearing fruits when they are about 5 to 7 years old and are at their peak production from 10 to 20 years of age. They produce about 300-1000 fruits per year.

The taste of mosambi is slightly tart to extremely sweet when ripe. The juice is not acidic though it belongs to the Citrus family and the to those who are not used to consuming this fruit it might appear bland as compared to oranges.

In India, mosambi or sweet lime is available during the months of July and August and also from November to March. They can be seen sold widely across the country.

See how mosambi juice is made by vendors

Uses Of Mosambi

The sweet lemon or mosambi fruit is generally eaten as fresh fruit or served as a juice. It is a very popular juice in India and is commonly sold by roadside stalls or mobile vendors during summer. It is juiced fresh and served. Sick people are usually advised mosambi juice by doctors.

The peel of the fruit contains essential oils. Thee tree is also used for ornamental purposes as well as a grafted stock or rootstock for growing sweet oranges and other Citrus species.

Nutrients in Mosambi

  • Low in calories; just 43 calories per 100 grams.
  • Cholesterol, fat and sodium-free.
  • Contains high amounts of potassium; 490 mg/100 grams.
  • A good amount of dietary fibre; 12% of the daily value per 100 grams.
  • Rich in copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus and folates.It contains Iron - 0.7 mg, phosphorus - 30 mg, calcium - 40 mg per 100 grams.
  • Contains 1.5% of protein/100 grams.
  • Very rich in Vitamin C; provides 50 mg/100 grams.
  • Contains 20 IU of Vitamin A.
  • Contains flavonoids and other phenolics, carotenoids and limonoids.

Health Benefits Of Mosambi, Sweet Lime, Sweet Lemon Or Citrus limetta

Mosambi has cardiovascular, anti-cancer, antiplatelet, antihyperglycemic, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory activity and benefits. Some of the health benefits of mosambi or sweet lemon are :

  • Mosambi has high vitamin C content. It dissolves crystals that form in the arthritic joints. and prevents and treats scurvy.
  • Mosambi juice is one of the most alkalizing foods and therefore is beneficial for those suffering from an excess of acidity.
  • A drink made from mosambi and whey is a good coolant for the brain and the nervous system.
  • Mosambi is good for the treatment of brain fever and mental issues. It acts as a wonderful sedative as well.
  • Mosambi increases appetite purifies the blood and raises sperm count. It cools the body and alleviates thirst.
  • The flavonoids stimulate the digestive system and increase the flow of digestive juices and bile. It neutralizes acids in the stomach as it is very alkaline in nature. It also flushes the toxins out of the body.
  • The dietary fibre helps in relieving constipation. The roughage aids in the peristaltic movement.
  • Mosambi has anti congestive properties and hence cleans and keeps the respiratory problems at bay.
  • The antioxidant vitamin C reduces inflammations and swelling and reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The flavonoids in mosambi also reduce the risk of stroke, heart diseases and cancer. The limonoids in sweet lime also fight different types of cancers like those of the skin, mouth, stomach, lungs, colon and breast.
  • Vitamin C boosts immunity and prevents colds, coughs etc.
  • Sweet lemon boosts the liver function and is exceptionally good for treating jaundice.

Some Ayurvedic Remedies With Mosambi Or Sweet Lime

  • For Swelling and Pain in legs and hands
    Mix equal quantities of mosambi juice and castor oil. Massage the affected area with this mixture.
  • To Lose Weight
    Add some lukewarm water to mosambi juice. Now stir in a tsp of honey and drink it on empty stomach every morning.
  • In Diabetes
    Mix 2 tsp mosambi juice in 4 tsp amla juice. Add 1 tsp of honey. Take on an empty stomach every morning.
  • For Strength
    Drink mosambi juice for giving strength to the body, brain and heart. Children can be given mosambi juice mixed in milk.
  • For Constipation
    Early morning every day, take mosambi juice mixed with warm water.
  • Skin diseases
    Drink mosambi juice as it cleanses the blood and benefits in diseases of the skin.
  • In Colds
    Mix 5 drops of ginger juice in a cup of sweet lemon juice for instant relief.
  • In Asthma
  • Mix 1 part mosambi juice with half part water; add some cumin seeds and dry ginger powder and drink. It provides relief from asthmatic cough.
  • For Nausea & Feverishness
    Mix equal quantities of fresh mosambi juice and tender coconut water and drink.
  • In Gastric Ulcer
  • Mix juice of mosambi and lemon and drink.
  • For mouth Ulcers And Bad Breath
    Gargle with warm water and drink a mixture of mosambi juice with warm water.
  • For Pregnant Women
    Drink mosambi juice. It provides a lot of calcium which benefits both the growing fetus and the mother to be.
  • For Facial Blemishes, Pimples and Black spots
    Apply fresh juice of mosambi on the affected areas at bedtime. Wash with warm water the next morning.
  • In Diarrhea
    Drink mosambi juice twice a day for relief.
  • For High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
    Drink mosambi juice as it reduces cholesterol levels and lowers blood pressure.
  • For Dehydration
    Add a pinch or two of salt and some sugar to fresh mosambi juice and drink.
  • For Bloody Amoebic Dysentery
    Drink mosambi or sweet lime juice.
  • For Cracked Lips
    Rub mosambi juice 2-3 times a day on the lips. It reduces the darkness of lips.
  • For Stomach problems, Nausea, Indigestion and Dizziness
    Drink mosambi juice frequently through the day.
  • For Pimples
    Apply ground peel of mosambi on the face.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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Rahul pathak on May 04, 2015:

sir, till date the best nutritional facts known to me,thanks it helped me a lot

ritesh on March 05, 2015:

if u take it after meal it reduces acidity headache without any side effect.

headache of acidity is so worst.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2014:

There is no problem in drinking mosambi juice in the morning on an empty stomach Priti. Of course if one drinks too much of it it may cause bloating in some people but it is safe to drink.

priti somami on May 20, 2014:

Thanks for sharing ....but i m in doubt can we take sweetlime juice in empty stomatch early morning

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2014:

Harsha, mosambi has a better shelf life than oranges but I have no idea if eating peels is safe. Though folic acid and pectin have been extracted from the peels.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on April 09, 2014:

Great info. Thank you Rajan!

I thought only lemon was good for liver. Now I realize that other citrus fruits like orange and Moosambi too are great! Thank God, we get Moosambi these days quite cheap in Bangalore where lemon is somewhat expensive and Orange won't stand for more than a day due to heavy summer!

I believe I can eat Moosambi peels too, if I cherish them!

Reshma on October 01, 2013:

will it help to cure psoriasis.

Reshma on October 01, 2013:

I have Mosambi juice after my lunch will it help in losing weight

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 25, 2013:

@Paul-I believe it should be available in Thailand. It is a moderately sweet fruit and I like to eat it rather than juice it to obtain the full benefits of the high amount of fiber it contains.

Thanks for all the votes and sharing.

@Mary-thanks and glad you like the info on a fruit which is not available most places in the West. Appreciate the votes and visit.

Mary Craig from New York on August 24, 2013:

As always Rajan you have not only introduced us to a fruit we are unaware of here, but you have provided all the possible information we could want.

Your information and knowledge is certainly not only interesting but educational and beneficial. Thank you for keeping us so well informed.

Voted up, useful, and very interesting +++

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on August 24, 2013:


This is an awesome hub which has taught me a lot about the health benefits of mosambi or the sweet lemon. I can't ever remember eating or buying this fruit, but I'm sure we have it here in Thailand. I will definitely look for it the nice time I go shopping! Voted up as also interesting and useful. Sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2013:

Thanks Au fait. Citrus fruits are beneficial in summers because of the vitamin C that reduces heat stress as well.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 09, 2013:

Another very interesting article packed with information. I drink lemonade all the time and I love citrus, so I'm sure I would enjoy this too if it were available here. I'm going to have to keep my eye out for some of these fruits and vegetables you mention as we are getting more and more imports in this area. Voted up and interesting!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 30, 2013:

Thanks sweetie. By the way the sharing button is back.

sweetie1 from India on May 29, 2013:

very interesting read Rajan. I like to have the juice of this delicious fruit. voting it up, awesome and interesting. wanted to share but looks like hub pages have deleted that button

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 20, 2013:

It is different but has a delicate but refreshing taste. Thanks fro reading, Kathryn. Much appreciated.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 19, 2013:

I am a little late to reading this. Mosambi is another fruit I'm unfamiliar with, but it's nice to read about all of the nutrients and remedies. I like citrus fruits, so I would imagine it is delicious!

Thanks for sharing this with us, Rajan!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 18, 2013:

@Graham-I do wish you find these so you can enjoy the mild flvor and delicate taste of mosambi.

@Rasma-Do try it if you manage to get it. Thanks for appreciating and sharing.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 17, 2013:

A great learning lesson from you and and researched to the point thanks for this helpful information

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 17, 2013:

Informative and interesting as always. Didn't know about this and good to know of its benefits. We have lemon type herbs here but nothing like this. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on May 16, 2013:

Rajan, I didn't know about this fruit and found your hub interesting. I will look for this lemon next time I visit one of my favorite speciality shops in town. I love the depth of flavor that other types of lemons bring to food, so I have no doubt that I would enjoy these, as well.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 15, 2013:

@Joe-That's some way to enjoy both the fruit and derive its health benefits. Thanks for sharing this. I appreciate your visit and comments. Aloha and have a great rest of the week.

@rebecca-this certainly is new info to me. I appreciate your sharing this and thanks for visiting.

@moonlake-thanks for all the votes and shares. And the rating too.

moonlake from America on May 15, 2013:

Very interesting about the sweet lime. I have never seen them here but I will check and see if I have missed them. Love limes and lemons in water. Voted up, five stares and shared.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 15, 2013:

Very interesting. Here, people go "nuts" over the little key limes that grow in the Florida Keys. They are the "key" ingredient in a popular pie known as key lime pie. It is delicious, but admittedly this sounds much healthier!

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on May 15, 2013:

Rajan, I do believe the islands have this species of fruit as well. We made lemonade with these quite a bit during my youth. Then, my mother would preserve these in heavy quantities of rock salt, enclosing them in paper sacks and leaving them on the roof of the house to ferment, a la Chinese style. The resulting salty/sour fruit would be eaten, skin and all. We called it, "Lemon Peel," and while it was delightful just as a confection, it was a powerful medicine as well. Thanks for sharing and for triggering wonderful memories. Aloha, my friend!


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 14, 2013:

@wetnosedogs-thanks, my friend.

@Stephanie-I hope you are able to locate them. Thanks for reading.

@Bill-that's a very big comment, coming from you, my friend. You made my day. Thank you.

@Carol-glad you find the info useful and interesting. Thanks.

@livingsta-thanks for sharing your experience. This would benefit readers a lot. Thank you.

@Natashalh-glad you could find useful info. Thanks for stopping by.

@Peggy-that's good to know and thanks for all the votes and sharing.

@Jo-mosambi is certainly a cooling with the benefits of vitamin C which is a great alleviator of heat stress as well. Appreciate your visit.

@Christy- good to see you again and thanks for the comments andd sharing.

@Bill-Glad you like the info and its so good to see you. I appreciate your vote and share.

@sweetie-thanks for reading.

sweetie1 from India on May 14, 2013:

Again a very well researched hub. I knew lime was beneficial but did not know it was this much. Voting up, interesting and awesome.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 14, 2013:

Hi rajan. Have never heard of Mosambi fruit or juice. Sounds great, wish we had it here in the northeast US. You continue to amaze with your wonderful and healthy finds. Many thanks again for the education. Voted up and shared.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 14, 2013:

Low calorie and so many benefits! Great information as always, my friend! Vote up and sharing too.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 14, 2013:

Rajan, this sounds great for a long refreshing summer drink......what a lovely way to top up on vitamin C.

Another winner.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

We have planted a Meyer lemon tree in our backyard. It must be a bit like a Mosambi lemon in that it is much sweeter than the typical lemon. I love its juice mixed with water in the morning. Can't wait for our tree to grow larger and furnish us with many. I just planted it last Fall so have yet to harvest my first crop. Also have an orange tree planted and awaiting the first crop. Nice to know of all the health benefits associated with using these sweet lemons in our diets. Up, useful and interesting votes and will share and pin.

Natasha from Hawaii on May 14, 2013:

I love Persian limes - I didn't realize they had so many names! Or that they had so many potential benefits.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 14, 2013:

@mnkk-unfortunately, mosambi juice is not processed at all. At least I haven't seen it anywhere! May be if the climate permits you might try to grow a tree in your backyard.


@Audrey-thanks and its good to see you again. Appreciate the sharing and votes as well.

livingsta from United Kingdom on May 14, 2013:

Hi Rajan, thank you for this hub. One thing that I will and can never forget about this sweet lemon is its ability to boost immunity. As a child at school, I was down with cold most of the days in a year and with no medicines working, my Dad finally tried this. He gave me a glass of this juice everyday and in a few months time, I was perfectly fine.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Voted up useful and interesting and sharing!

carol stanley from Arizona on May 14, 2013:

I love all citrus and learning about these slightly different citrus fruits..most interesting. Thanks as always for providing us with so much useful and interesting information.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 14, 2013:

We can't grow them here but we do eat them. I am amazed how quickly you gather this information and then put it into a format that is educational and pleasing to the eye. Another excellent job, Rajan!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on May 14, 2013:

Very interesting and useful information. I have never heard of a sweet lime before. I will keep a look out in the specialty stores for this item. Thanks for all the great details.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on May 14, 2013:

Thanks for your hard work on such informative hubs. I always learn something new.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 14, 2013:

I'm not sure I can find Mosambi in my area but will do a search. Fabulous hub with such superb information. Interesting to read about the many health benefits. Gave you 5* and will share as well. Thank you for looking out for our health!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 13, 2013:

Mosambi tastes great and very refreshing. I did not know it is good for swelling and pain in the legs. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen March from Brunswick, Maine on May 13, 2013:

This hub really makes me wish I could get sweet lime in Maine. I've never seen it here or in Spain. What to do???

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2013:


First off, thanks for commenting. And yes, unless someone comments I wouldn't know who's been reading my hubs. I really appreciate your sparing time to read my hubs and I'm glad you like them. Thank you so much and it's a pleasure to connect with you here. It's my pleasure as well.

LKMore01 on May 13, 2013:


Although I don't always comment I love your HUBs! After reading your articles I feel more informed and intelligent. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Mosambi have so many health benefits and they smell incredible.

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