Lime - Kaffir

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Lime - Kaffir

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Native to Indonesia but widely grown worldwide as a backyard shrub for its aromatic leaves and rind that add a unique flavour to Thai cooking. Well suited to container growing. Also known as the Makrut Lime. The rough bumpy fruit is inedible but its oil has strong insecticidal properties. Kaffir lime rind is an essential ingredient in a Thai curry paste, a teaspoons of Kaffir lime rind is used in both red and green Kaffir lime gives the curry a very distinctive flavour. The leaves are added to the curry once it is cooking and can also be added when cooking rice.
Other Names: Makrut, Kaffir Lime, Thai Lime, Asian Lime, Citrus, jeruk limau, kabuyaw, kulubot

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Specifications of Lime - Kaffir

Preferred Climate Tropical, Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From GraftedLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg, Sometimes, Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Frequent Watering, Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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Lime - Kaffir Reviews & Tips

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Innoxa1
★★★★★ 1y ago

BROWN HILL, VIC, Australia

LOVE kaffir lime leaves, jazzed it up in a pretty pot given it a full sun position. This is a pipsqueak kaffir lime, only getting 1-2m

Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 1y ago

POTTSVILLE, NSW, Australia

This is a grafted dwarf , poor thing doesn't get much light ,but soldiers on. Lives under the lemon tree in a pot , lovely herb .

Bruce Adams
1y ago

Bungalow, QLD, Australia

Lime - Makrut (Kaffir)

Get bout 10 leaves, stack them together and finely slice all. You could chop again but not necessary. This is added to bread at the start of the dough making process. The taste and aroma when chomping on a chunk of this toast is truly divine.

Holly
2y ago

Emerald, Vic, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

My kaffir lime tree is flourishing and fruiting prolifically in my temperate garden, even though you recommend tropical, subtropical as preferred climate.

JnrPermy
★★★★★ 3y ago

KADINA, SA, Australia

This is a beautiful, healthy small tree, I absolutely love the smell and flavour the leaves impart to dishes.

Gabby Salts
★★★★★ 4y ago

WEST FOOTSCRAY, VIC, Australia

Tasty citrus flavoured leaves for curries and stir fries.

Westy1
★★★★★ 5y ago

KENSINGTON GARDENS, SA

Leaves add the best flavour to curries. looking forward to making drinks with the fruits.

**KG**
★★★★★ 5y ago

Bardon, QLD, Australia

Purchased from Diggers Club as a seedling - has been used consistently since planting for thai cooking. Fantastic flavour and grows beautifully. will need to prune this year for shape. 

Waterfall
★★★★★ 6y ago

WATERFALL, NSW, Australia

Growing well in my jungle, probably my fastest growing citrus.

Russ3
★★★★★ 6y ago

EARLVILLE, QLD, Australia

This plant is hardy, I hardly water it and it seems to be growing fine. I fertilise it 2 times a year with Dynamic lifter and liquid fertiliser when I'm feeling generous. Not much branching , just getting taller

Kaffir
6y ago

South Hedland, WA, Australia

Fourth Kaffir lime that I've grown. I gave away my third one that I was growing in Canberra as it would have been a hassle with Quarantine bringing it over.

Colin
7y ago

Lakemba, NSW, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

Leaves, zest and juice used to make a delicious kaffir lime ice cream.

Yuri Korin
7y ago

Merrimac, QLD, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

A wedge of this marvelous lime in tea instead of lemon is really delicious.

Estar
★★★★★ 7y ago

Cooroy, Qld, Australia

We use it alot in cooking and I love the shape and dark clour of the leaves.

Bibwit
★★★★ 8y ago

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Fabulous looking tree, the fruit are all knobbly. The leaves make an excellent Indonesian curry. Susceptible to citrus gall wasp, have now got a sticky trap to see if this is successful in minimising the perpetual damage. Forever scraping or cutting ou...

Jane Hanson
8y ago

Urangan, QLD, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

Grate the actual lime and add to your icing sugar with a little water. Goes well with coconut cake

MiltonT
★★★★★ 8y ago

Doncaster, Vic, Australia

Thai cooking, e.g. Tom Yum Goong. Both leaves and zest add nice flavours

Sandala
★★★★★ 8y ago

Willow Vale, QLD, Australia

Only had it for about 6 months and it's covered in fruit

Theresa1
★★★★★ 9y ago

Payneham, SA, Australia

For my Thai cooking reipes

ManishU
★★★★ 9y ago

SPRINGFIELD LAKES, QLD, Australia

Update 09-Dec-2011: Got a few fruits. Not quite sure what to do with them. They are very fragrant. Will use them in Thai preparations. New pic attached.We use it for making Thai preparations. It has just recently flowered and is now forming fruits.

Birdybooo1
★★★★★ 9y ago

Burnside, VIC, Australia

I do a lot of cooking and always hated the fact that I had to fork out $5 to buy 5 kaffir leaves in the supermarket. One day I walked into a nusery and saw a 1.2 meter Kaffir tree for $20...that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. :) The sm...

D Smith
9y ago

Ormiston, QLD

Lime - Kaffir

FEED with plenty of worm juice. This increases the size of the fruit.

HappyEarth
★★★ 9y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Grown in pot as only a small quantity of its leaves are need thoughout the year.

Jo
9y ago

Adelaide, SA, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

I strip the leaf a little and place it in my lemon vodka. Very refreshing in the summer

AilynK
★★★★ 9y ago

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aromatic and living nicely

rustynutz
★★★★ 9y ago

EIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

good for cooking and drinks

Kloe
★★★★★ 9y ago

Adelaide, SA

In my humble opinion, this is the best citrus tree.  Harvest the leaves and freeze or dry for the quintessential Thai curry ingredient.  Also fruits (although mine too young yet).  This one just had some leaves burnt in the heat wave, but the tree s...

sandyh1
★★★★ 9y ago

MOUNT ISA, qld, australia

It adds so much to a curry

Rae
★★★★ 9y ago

Cook, ACT

Can use the leaves for tea, to flavour dishes, blended in sauces, in sorbet, in salads.

abear
★★★ 10y ago

roleystone, wa, aust

beautiful looking tree, can provide shade to ther things, and indispensible in cooking

Nelly1
★★★ 10y ago

YELLOW ROCK, NSW, Australia

didn't survive oct13 firesEasy care - completely necessary in thai curries

Magpie
★★★★ 10y ago

MARSDEN, QLD, Australia

Easy to look after and adds a great flavour to curries. I also let it fruit occasionally and grate the rind into cool drinks in summer.

TracyBlack1
★★ 10y ago

Aberglasslyn, nsw, Australia

Don't know, thought it may be a good one for our area. 

LittleEden1
★★★★★ 10y ago

Mulbring, NSW, Australia

I love this tree, it has done very well despite cold winters.

Coral1
★★★★ 10y ago

, CA, US

Beautiful, blossomed and is now working on fruit. Smells amazing!

Luke
★★★★★ 10y ago

Clemton Park, NSW, Australia

the leaves are divine

Tony Woodall
10y ago

Mossman, QLD

Lime - Kaffir

The zest and the juice and the flesh of Kaffir Lime make a wonderful Cello style wine which is a perfect mixer for cool drinks, cocktails and to give the "Thai" factor to spicy stir-fry's.Take a look at shannonvalewine.com.au

Jo1
★★★★★ 11y ago

Eagleby, QLD, Australia

Fantastic grower, easy to care for. Fruiting this year as well as abundance of leaves. Fertilize and prune when I do others. Old photo the tree is much nicer now.

rob16a
★★★★ 11y ago

North Sydney, NSW, Australia

Previous tree died but it was in a very exposed position. I purchased another last year and it's doing well.

dustygrl70
★★★★ 11y ago

Highfields, QLD, Australia

The aroma of kaffir lime in cooking is divine and I think I can keep it alive with a little more care!

dustygrl70
★★★ 11y ago

Highfields, QLD, Australia

It was in a pot and was frosted a bit much in winter

Jessica1
★★★★ 11y ago

South Maroota, NSW, Australia

Tough as nails, but loathe to plant in ground as it can be a devil.

Charlesstillcantspell1
11y ago

Innaloo, WA, Australia

The rind of the kaffir lime is commonly used in Lao and Thai curry paste, adding an aromatic, astringent flavor. Its hourglass-shaped leaves (comprising the leaf blade plus a flattened, leaf-like leaf-stalk or petiole) are also widely used in Thai and ...

Itdepends1
★★★ 11y ago

Eaton, WA, Australia

Purchased in 2008 to replace our original Kaffir lime which wasn't going very well. The first time I've seen Kaffir limes for sale in a nursery which were fruiting when for saleUpdate 2012 continues to fruit well- love the aroma from the the rind on th...

HomegrownHeddibles1
★★ 11y ago

Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC, Australia

It took a while to get going in our rather cool to cold climate and the terrible winds we've experienced in the last couple of years, but it held up very well in the record temperatures of January 2009.It will be providing us with beautifully scented l...

Linc
★★★★★ 11y ago

Nunawading, VIC, Australia

My favourite addition to many dishes I cook at home!

amanda19
★★★★ 11y ago

LESCHENAULT, WA

This plant very neglected! Have just pruned and got serious about looking after it. I only use the leaves - so I don't bother too much with it.Has not fruited yet.Feeding: see lemon - meyer

Jay Pascual
13y ago

Cagayan De Oro City,philippines, 14148

Lime - Kaffir

Kaffir lime can be grown in cuttings in full shade.no need to put rooting hormone.

David White
14y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

Treat as any other citrus. Water and feed regularly. Spraying for citrus leaf miner, a must. The leaves and the skin of the fruit, is used in Thai cooking in particular and has a characteristic flavour. Vigorous grower, beware of vicious spines.

Pamela Loza
14y ago

M0a5nila222220, 5AS

Lime - Kaffir

Kaffir lime can also be used as an alternative mosquito repellent...

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