Beware of Tahitian Lime and sun exposure. Whatever you do, don't make a bunch of fresh squeezed limejuice and then go running around in the noonday Kona sun. The result for a majority of participants will be first-layer skin burns that creep up days after exposure and lingers for weeks. Some will blister. Others will turn red then brown then fresh skin pink.
Student gardeners and I found out the hard way on a bright Friday. Had we washed hands in between juice making and sun playing, the burn would not have been so severe. I was working with a group of 8 first through fifth grade boys and one third grade girl. No time for hand washing post juice making; it was awesome that we scrubbed up before! All amped up from their delicious honey-sweetened juice, I couldn't contain them from immediate grass field activity.
Monday rolls around, and a fifth grade boy comes bounding up to me to show me his swollen knuckles and irritated hands. He felt sure that it was a reaction from something we got into that Friday garden day. I looked it up online, and sure enough; Tahitian lime specifically can cause hand dermatitis especially when combined with exposure to sun. Long time Kona fruit specialts had never heard of it but had to concure with my diagnosis after seeing the research.
I had to call all the families of the Tahitian lime burn victims. I was feeling really bad about leading students that I love so dearly straight into a Tahitian lime inferno for their hands. I picked out that lime tree on purpose because it's seedless and thornless and medicinal. All mothers were glad to know what was going on. And all even took the time to tell me how much their child loves garden class.
Beware of Tahitian limes and Kona sun. Not a good combination.
Krista Joan says:
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