Dried lime (also known as: black lime; noomi basra (Iraq); limoo amani (Iran); limoo (Oman)) is a lime that have lost their water content, usually after having spent a majority of their drying time in the sun. They are used, whole, sliced or ground, as a spice in Middle Eastern dishes. Originating in the Persian Gulf, hence the Persian name limoo amani (Omani limes), dried limes are popular in cookery across the Middle East.