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History of Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie originated in Key West, Florida by the local residents referred to as "Conchs".(pronounced conks)   The original version was made before the days of refrigeration. There were no cattle in the area so the only milk available was canned milk originally brought in by ship, later by train. This is why the recipe uses canned milk and not fresh. Also, the traditional key lime pie would not be cooked. The acid from the key lime juice would set and thicken the egg yolks.

 

 

"A Piece of Paradise in Every Bottle"

Do you know the difference between Key Lime and Persian Lime?

The Key Lime (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle), also referred to as a Mexican Lime,  bears a profuse amount of small, thin-skinned, greenish-yellow limes.  This juicy lime is known for its distinctive aroma high-acid content.  The picture below shows the size and color difference between the more common Persian lime and the smaller sized Key Lime.

Key Limes

 

 

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