Dried lime, also known as: black lime; noomi basra (Iraq); limoo amani (Iran); and loomi (Oman), is a lime that has lost its water content, usually after having spent a majority of its drying time in the sun. They are used whole, sliced, or ground, as a spice in Middle Eastern dishes. Originating in Oman – hence the Iranian name limoo amani and Iraqi name noomi basra (“lemon from Basra”) – dried limes are popular in cookery across the Middle East. Dried limes are used to add a sour flavor to dishes, through a process known as souring. In Persian cuisine, they are used to flavor stews and soups. Across the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, they are used cooked with fish, whereas in Iraq, they are added to almost all dishes and stuffing.
Black lemon contains a large percentage of vitamins, especially vitamin C and vitamin D, as well as a high proportion of minerals and the most important elements of calcium and potassium.
Alternative Names: Noomi Basra, Limoo Amani, Limoo, Black Lemon