Since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold in Brazil, the demand for vitamin C rich foods has increased. This was also noticeable in the sales of the little sour fruit grown called the Persian lime.
Aline Andrade, director at Andrade Sun Farms, said: “We noticed an uptrend in citrus fruit consumption. I believe that, when people researched information, they sought out ways to improve their health, and this impacted the citrus fruit consumption as a result. The Persian lime is high in vitamin C and good for your health. And there is a plus: it’s low-calories.”
The fruit accounts for 98% of Brazilian citrus exports, according to figures from the Center for Advanced Studies on Applied Economics at Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture of the University of São Paulo. Although Brazil is a large orange producer, most of this product goes to the juice industry, which allows the Persian lime to lead the country’s whole citrus exports by far.