Kagzi nimbu is a variety of citrus fruit native to India. It is known for its tart flavor and high acidity, making it an ideal ingredient in many dishes. The plant itself is easy to grow and can be propagated from cuttings or seeds.
Kagzi nimbu is botanically Citrus aurantifolia and is called Mexican lime or Key limes in the US. Kagzi nimbu are known worldwide for their tart, tangy-flavored juice and especially for their unique flowery, characteristic aromas.
To propagate the plant from cuttings, take a cutting from an existing Kagzi nimbu tree and place it in a pot filled with moist soil. Make sure that the cutting has at least two sets of leaves on it. Place the pot in a warm, sunny spot and water regularly. The cutting should root within a few weeks.
To propagate the plant from seeds, fill a pot with moist soil and scatter the seeds over the surface of the soil. Cover them lightly with more soil and water regularly until they sprout. Once they have sprouted, thin out any overcrowded seedlings so that each one has enough space to grow properly. Place the pot in a warm, sunny spot and continue to water regularly until the plants are established.
Alternatively, air layering can be used for propagation.
Citrus trees need at least seven to eight hours of direct sunshine every day. If growing a lemon plant inside, place the pot near a sunny window where the plant can get adequate sunlight. The lemons grow well in the temperature of 15°C to 28°C. In winter, you may want to shift these plants indoors to avoid cold shock.
Lemon prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil in the ph range of 5.5 to 7. The soil should be sandy with good water-draining capacity. You can add aged compost or manure to the potting mix to enrich the soil.
Lemons are heavy feeders. They need a sufficient supply of fertilizers to produce a good amount of blooms and fruits.
If available, use special-purpose citrus fertilizers for every type of citrus tree. Otherwise, use slow-release fertilizers containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium: 12-6-6 or 20-20-20. Don't forget to add micronutrient-rich fertilizer to the soil. Also, add organic manure.
Harvesting Kagzi is a simple process. The best time to harvest is when the fruit has turned yellow and is slightly soft to the touch. To pick the limes, gently twist them off the tree. Be careful not to pull too hard, or you may damage the tree.
Once harvested, store limes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. They can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature or up to three months in the refrigerator. If you plan on using them within a few days of harvesting, it's best to leave them out at room temperature.
Kagzi nimbu benefits
Kagzi nimbu are a good source of vitamin C, which is important for maintaining a healthy immune system and can help to protect the body against damage from harmful molecules. They are also low in calories and high in antioxidants. The juice of Kagzi nimbu can be used to add flavor to a variety of foods and drinks, including salad dressings, marinades, and cocktails. In addition to their culinary uses, Kagzi nimbu have also been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, such as digestive problems and skin conditions.
Kagzi nimbu have a number of potential health benefits due to their high content of nutrients and antioxidants. Some of the potential benefits include the following:
- Vitamin C: Kagzi nimbu are a good source of vitamin C, which is important for maintaining a healthy immune system and can help to protect the body against damage from harmful molecules.
- Antioxidants: Kagzi nimbu contain high levels of antioxidants, which can help to protect the body against damage from harmful molecules called free radicals. These molecules can cause damage to cells and have been linked to a number of health conditions, including cancer and heart disease.
- Digestive Health: The citric acid found in Kagzi nimbu may aid digestion and has been traditionally used to help treat constipation, bloating, and other digestive issues.
- Blood Pressure: The potassium in Kagzi nimbu may help to lower blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health.
- Weight Loss: Low in calories and high in fiber, and Kagzi nimbu juice can help with weight loss and maintenance.
Dr. Vandana K.