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This item was last sold on : 01/03/18
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Kaffir limes are small, just 3 to 5 centimeters wide and 5 to 7 centimeters tall, with a slightly protruding stem end. The rind is covered in small bumps and ridges that are entirely unique to this species of lime. Kaffir limes are relatively dry, and what juice they do offer is acidic, bitter, and strongly sour. The zest and juice of the Kaffir lime, however, are extremely aromatic. Kaffir limes grow on small, evergreen trees that can reach anywhere from 2 to 6 meters tall, and have multi-stemmed branches covered with thorns. The trees have highly fragrant leaves, and they produce white flowers that precede the small green fruits.
Kaffir limes are available year-round with a peak season in the winter months.
Kaffir limes are botanically classified as Citrus hystrix. The species name is Greek for hedgehog, which is reflective of not only the thorns on the Kaffir lime tree, but also of the bumpy appearance of the fruit itself. Many retailers have taken to calling the fruit by its scientific name, while others prefer the Thai word for the fruit, Makrut lime. Kaffir limes may even simply be referred to as Thai limes, as they are most commonly found in the cuisine of Thailand. In Indonesia, where they are called Asjeruk Obat, or “Medicine Citrus,” Kaffir limes are primarily used medicinally for gum and dental health.
The largest nutritional benefit from Kaffir limes comes from the volatile oils in its rind. The citrus fruit contains high amounts of citronellol and limonene, which have beneficial anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Kaffir limes are best known and used for their intensely fragrant rind and zest rather than for their juice. Wash Kaffir limes lightly with a brush to remove any dirt before zesting, and note that a little Kaffir lime zest goes a long way. The zest and even pieces of its rind are finely chopped then mashed with other ingredients using a mortar and pestle to make curry paste in Laos and Thailand to be added to soups and stews. The zest is added to fish cakes and “gkaeng bpah”, or jungle soup, in Indonesia, while whole Kaffir limes are used in making “rhum arrange” or “rum with macerated fruit” in Madagascar and Le Reunion. A small amount of Kaffir lime juice and zest can be substituted for a portion of the lemon juice and zest called for in dessert bars, tarts, or other sweets. Kaffir limes will store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
The common name for the Kaffir lime came under criticism in 2014. The word “kaffir” means infidel in Arabic, and has historically been used to refer to anyone who was a non-Muslim. It was also used as a slur by white colonists, in reference to black Africans, throughout the 20th century in South Africa. It even became a legally actionable offense to use the word in apartheid-era South Africa. The controversy over the name came up in the media circa 2014, when multiple companies made the decision to change the name of the fruit on their websites and in articles. Many companies have opted to refer to the fruit by the Thai name, Makrut lime, the scientific name, Citrus hystrix, or by simply calling it a Thai lime.
Kaffir limes are thought to be native to Sri Lanka, but since the fruit has been cultivated and hybridized for many generations in the Southeast Asia, its exact origin is not truly known. Kaffir limes are mainly cultivated in their native region, ranging from Sri Lanka, throughout Indonesia, to the Philippines, although they are also known to be cultivated in Southern California and Florida in the United States.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Stake Chophouse & Bar||Coronado CA||619-522-0077|
|Dija Mara||Oceanside CA||760-231-5376|
|La Costa Resort & Spa Main Kitchen||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|LPM Master Tenant, LLC- Crafted&Scooped||San Diego CA||619-522-6890|
|Green Dragon Tavern & Museum||Carlsbad CA||760-797-5579|
|Georges at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-454-4244|
|Herb & Wood Bar||San Diego CA||619-955-8495|
|Chef Drew Mc Partlin||San Diego CA||619-990-9201|
Recipes that include Kaffir Limes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Morsels and Musings||Kaffir Lume Syrup|
|Rachel Cooks Thai||Thai Inspired Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts|
|Saveur||Key Lime Curd|
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