Did you know that dried limes are staple ingredients in the Omani kitchen? Yes, the black limes, known locally as loomi, are popular in town and they pack a ton of health benefits, too.
These dried balls of goodness are made by boiling fresh limes and then leaving then to sun-dry. The end result is a unique, tangy and sweet flavour with a rich fermented aroma.
This ingredient is an ancient Omani citrus spice that became popular in the Arabic and Asian kitchens, with colour ranging from pale brown to ashy black with a hard and thin outer shell. When cracked open, these limes have a dry flaky flesh. The darker the lime the more intense and pungent the flavour. Usually crunched to bits or used as a powder.