Uses of the Kaffir Lime Fruit Tree

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Up close with a kaffir lime fruit which can also be used in cooking.

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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 oil has strong insecticidal properties. Kaf... Read More
Other Names: Makrut, Kaffir Lime, Thai Lime, Asian Lime, Citrus, kabuyaw, kulubot

$39.00 ($39.00-$39.00 choose a size)

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? Sometimes, Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements Frequent Watering, Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 4-5 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

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

Fertiliser All Purpose, Compost, Seaweed

Plant Width 2-4m

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Lime - Kaffir Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 6months ago


Lime - Kaffir

Kaffir looked good on arrival. Use leaves in Asian curries, etc.

★★★★★ 8months ago


Lime - Kaffir

This plant I wanted to buy from nursery.I got it, growing good.

★★★★★ 1y ago


Lime - Kaffir

This was a present. It is doing really well

★★★★★ 1y ago

FRANKLIN, ACT, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

For cooking Thai curry

★★ 2y ago

ENGADINE, NSW, Australia

Leaves are great in cooking

Suzanne Lesley Waite-Pullan
★★★★★ 3y ago

Rowville, Victoria, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

Try a Kaffir Lime Tart recipe on Delicious and its so sweetly sour.


★★★★★ 5y 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
★★★★ 5y ago


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
5y 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.

6y 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.

★★★★★ 7y ago

KADINA, SA, Australia

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

★★★★★ 8y ago


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


★★★★★ 9y 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. 


★★★★★ 9y ago


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

★★★★★ 10y ago


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


10y 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.

10y ago

Lakemba, NSW, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

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

Yuri Korin
11y ago

Merrimac, QLD, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

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

★★★★★ 11y ago

Cooroy, Qld, Australia

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

★★★★ 11y ago


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
11y 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

★★★★★ 12y ago

Doncaster, Vic, Australia

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

★★★★★ 12y ago

Willow Vale, QLD, Australia

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

★★★★★ 12y ago

Payneham, SA, Australia

For my Thai cooking reipes



★★★★ 12y ago


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.


★★★★★ 12y 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
13y ago

Ormiston, QLD

Lime - Kaffir

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


★★★ 13y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

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

13y ago

Adelaide, SA, Australia

Lime - Kaffir

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

★★★★ 13y ago


aromatic and living nicely

★★★★ 13y ago

ËIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

good for cooking and drinks


★★★★★ 13y 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...

★★★★ 13y ago

MOUNT ISA, qld, australia

It adds so much to a curry

★★★★ 13y ago

Cook, ACT

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

★★★ 13y ago

roleystone, wa, aust

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

★★★ 13y ago


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

★★★★ 13y 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.

★★ 13y ago

Aberglasslyn, nsw, Australia

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

★★★★★ 14y ago

Mulbring, NSW, Australia

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

★★★★ 14y ago

, CA, US

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

★★★★★ 14y ago

Clemton Park, NSW, Australia

the leaves are divine

Tony Woodall
14y 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


★★★★★ 14y 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.

★★★★ 14y 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.

★★★★ 14y 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!

★★★ 14y ago

Highfields, QLD, Australia

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

★★★★ 14y ago

South Maroota, NSW, Australia

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


14y 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 ...

★★★ 14y 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...

★★ 14y 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...

★★★★★ 14y ago

Nunawading, VIC, Australia

My favourite addition to many dishes I cook at home!


★★★★ 14y ago


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
16y ago

Cagayan De Oro City,philippines, 14148

Lime - Kaffir

Kaffir lime can be grown in cuttings in full need to put rooting hormone.

David White
18y 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
18y ago

M0a5nila222220, 5AS

Lime - Kaffir

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

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