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Hi
Does anybody in know if there is a place I can buy kaffir lime fruit in perth to make my sambal olek. i have a small tree but its going be a long time until i get any fruit of it.
Thanking you much
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aneh says...
another one too while im at it, im looking to buy loquat fruit in perth any ideas about this one too?
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joe says...
loquat are not fruiting at the moment, but zou can some times pick up fruit at the swapmeets though there mainly fruit from seedling trees.
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Julie says...
aneh, try putting an ad in your local paper asking for loquats - around October usually. People with large trees should be happy to sell you some.

Loquats don't keep or travel well as they have to ripen on the tree. So they are rarely grown commercially. But I know lots of people with backyard trees. Good luck!
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Yvette says...
Hi Aneh - any luck on where to buy kaffir limes? I need some leaves for a recipe, my local nursery is out of stock of the trees and I can't find where to buy leaves from. Any ideas?
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Wayne says...
I can always post some over to you Yvette if you get stuck
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aneh says...
Hi Yvette i used to buy mine frozen from lucky imports in chinatown in perth, i have bought a fruiting tree from blooming nursery in joondalup if thats any help
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Yvette says...
Thanks guys for your help. Was desperate to cook with them that night, so went out and bought a tree for a nursery in the next suburb. $30 for the tree and I only needed 3 leaves for the recipe!!! AAGGHHH. Luckily it was really yummy and I'm cooking it again tonight!!
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anonymous says...
you could have just ripped the 3 leaves from the tree without paying for it, haha
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au0rey says...
Wayne, do you need to prune your kaffir lime tree/plant regularly? I have one growing which I just bought. A few of the lower leaves are turning slightly yellow. Is this normal for kaffir lime? The plant has been given citrus slow release fertiliser and worm castings since I bought it 1 month ago.
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Jimmy says...
yeah, tis normal as weather cools.

some slow release keeps em growing year round and hopefully nice n green.
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au0rey says...
Thanks Jimmy!
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au0rey says...
This is the first time I am growing kaffir lime and comquat calamondin in Melbourne. Can anyone advise me if they can take winter well or do I have to take some measusres? THe kaffir lime is having this single tall shoot with lots of leaves. Just wondering if I need to chop it off. Can it be used for propagation by root induction? Thanks!
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Allegra says...
I need to buy pandan plant, bunga kantan plant, lemon grass plant, curry leaf plant and kaffir lime pant. I am from Melbourne. I am in the food catering business and constantly need there ingredients. Anybody please help me. As long as I can buy all these plants in Melbourne, I will be able to bring my costing down. Thanks.
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Speedy says...
Pandan is very sensetive to cold (not just frost) below 7-8degC for extended period can risk death of pandan.
Due to the plants small size, it could be grown in a heated greenhouse and or moved around to suitable microclimate like indoors over winter. If growing indoors (very well lit of course) just keep an eye out for mealy bugs - Pandans worst pest from my experience.
Also in cold weather dont let water sit in the leaf axil as it can rot and kill the growing tip and then the whole plant will likely die.
It's also a prime candidate for growing hydroponicaly.

Bunga Kantan (Etlingera sp.), a large plant in the ginger family, is more problematic for growing down south as it is a much bigger plant that is needed to harvest the desired parts (flower buds). Even northern NSW winters can be a bit hard on this species if not looked after.

Lemongrass - easy to grow in Vic.

Curry leaf- in northern Vic., my plants fruit every year and seedlings grow ok,
but nowhere near the growth rates of milder winters.

Kaffir lime- easy, I dont bother with grafted plants as they're as tough as any citrus rootstock so I grow them from seeds or cuttings.
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Julie says...
Hi Speedy,

Have you tried to grow Pandan hyproponicaly? Please give us some advice if you do and the result thanks.
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Speedy says...
No, not stictly speaking , but I have plants at a friends place in NNSW.
Ive always grown them in realy puggy clay with a bit of added matured compost in pots sitting in water.
The roots usually grow out into the water and look v healthy.

The danger to the plants in the clay is that it can get very cold in winter and takes more to shift the temp up.
Grown hydro, they could be grown in warmed water keeping them growing strong all year.
Low temps at the roots is IME the major limmiting factor when growing plants from a warmer climate than your own.

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Julie says...
Hi Speedly,

Many thanks for the reply. I may try with one plant and see how I grow considering the hints you have given I will try to avoid pitfalls as much as I can.
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april07 says...
Hello Wayne and everyone here.
Could anyone spare me some kaffir lime's seed?
I have a lady that send me, the seed from overseas but they went into quarantine and they want me to pay AUD42.00 for them in order to get the seed back. Hmmm... pay that amount, I might already gotten a huge plant for that.
I just wish to grow them and hoping if I able to succeed in growing them by seed. my email april07_07@yahoo.com. thanks
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Wayne says...
Hello April
I have just cut some fruit to check the seeds and yes, it would be no problem to post some down to you. I do not know if I have a grafted tree or not but it doesn't look like it is. You will soon tell by the leaves if/when they strike.

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au0rey says...
Does anyone know growth rate of kaffir lime plants? My kaffir lime looks healthy but grows at a snail pace..meaning I do not see new growth/leaves for a long time (compared to my calamondin which puts on new leaves rather fast). Just wondering it it is like this...
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Itdepends says...
hey're not particularly fast- and like all citrus they'll go through growth spurts in Autumn and Spring. Citrus tend to take a while to establish- and make sure you don't have grass or anything else competing with it - (no plants within the dripline).
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au0rey says...
Thanks Itdepends!
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April07 says...
Hello Wayne

I want to let you know I received the seeds that you send. Thank you so much. Really hope I got green thumb on growing them from seeds here. Cross my finger.
Really appreciate your kind offer.
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jony says...
Hi, If anyone knows where to buy a Kaffir Tree/plant in sydney, please let me know. Thank you
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Thao says...
Bunnings has Kaffir lime trees.
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Amy says...
Hey i was just wondering if anyone knew where i could get a kaffir lime tree or seeds in brisbane north?
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crumbledusttoo says...
Hi it is the leaves that are used, not so much the actual fruit
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Hayden says...
You use the rind of the fruit as well don't you?
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Prickles says...
A friend brought me back a bag of kaffir limes from northern NSW in response to my whinging about the price of kaffir lime leaves (pity she hadn't actually heard me whinging about the LEAVES).

I mixed the sliced fruit with equal quantity of Tahitian lime and made marmalade. Disgustingly bitter! Threw it out.

Not sure if the kaffir limes were supposed to be as bitter (did they need Epsom salts?) but I wouldn't bother with the fruit.

But I did plant some of the seeds and now have five baby kaffir lime trees. Keeping fingers crossed that they don't die on me.

For those of you who grow them in pots, I read on ABC gardening site that the trees like their roots cool. Suggested that they are grown (a) pot within a pot, or in a pot with a lining of paper bark (which you can buy in nurseries for lining hanging baskets). Either method will insulate the potting soil. So they say.
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irene says...
Hi, autumn is here as I write this. I got 3 citrus trees - lemon, tahitian lime and kaffir lime purchase from daley's, growing in large pots and doing well. I would like to know that if it's necessary to cover them during winter or if they are frost-sensitive. The pots are too heavy to move around so moving them indoors during cold nights is not an option. Thanks.
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J says...
Irene, My lemons and tahitian limes have no problems with melbourne winters. In fact my tahitian lime just keeps on wanting to grow during winter. I am unsure about Kaffir limes, I have one in the ground but it has yet to get through a winter. Will let you know about that one in 6 months!

Also, Keep in mind all these citrus have been bought from a local bunnings, whom in turn get their stock from wholesale nurseries within victoria. These nurseries in turn would use root stocks more suitable for the victoria climate. I'm unsure what rootstock your (daleys) plants are on. Maybe find that out and double check to see if it is cold tolerant.
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irene says...
With kaffir lime, it's the leaves that are primarily used in cuisine like Thai and Indonesian. The fruit is rather small and bumpy and very little juice - you'd need about a 100 to get anything out of them. I suppose you could use the rind if you wish but I find it rather bitter and tarty compared to regular limes.
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au0rey says...
Irene, I have a kaffir lime which I have planted from pot to ground. I would say it is fine not to cover through winter. Mine survived two winters so far. i am also in Melbourne.

Kaffir fruits are hopeless i rather use lime juice for cooking thai...
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brad says...
Hi, can anyone please advise if Kaffir trees grow OK right on the coast? We live approx 100m from the ocean - a sheltered spot but will still get salt on the breeze. Thx..
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juanita says...
Hi auOrey!
Those long sharp needles of my potted kaffir lime w/c keep putting me off from transferring the tree into the ground..where's the safer place in the yrd you put yours?
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au0rey says...
Juanita, that's strange my plant does not have thorns. It is abt two year old. Is yours olders having thorns? I am not sure if kaffir lime plants are meant to have thorns.

If u see my the picture with the green fence, my plant is planted along the wall about where the pot of dwarf peach tree is (it's flowering pink). Along the whole wall runs a narrow vege patch. The plant grows really slowly so it is well confined within the patch which is only 0.5 to 0.6m wide.

Brad, sorry I am not sure if kaffir lime will do well near coasts.
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MaryT says...
Hi brad, here's an article on seaside plants in case you're interested - citrus are definitely fine by the sea.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/531/#b
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au0rey says...
Hi Juanita, so embarrassing I went to have a closer look at my kaffir plant this morning realized it does have thorns but really tiny ones which I have never noticed before. i guess i have planted it when it was very young and the thorns never bothered me before. They still don't.
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juanita says...
Hi auOrey!!
My kaffir lime has been kept in the pot since 2006 & not growing very big..This type of lime preferred for Thai cooking w/ serrated edge (not smooth) & the new growth is dark purple...Would like to transfer it this yr to the ground so it'll grow bigger & hopefully w/ more leaves..I'll post some pix later..
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Mike says...
Mine is kept trimmed to 2m high and wide and it produces many fruits.Fruit zest rather than pith or juice can be used in cooking being even more aromatic and 'citrusy' than leaves.The seedling took 3 years to have the first fruit even though it is in shade, but may take much longer in a cooler climate.
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trikus says...
I tasted black sapote with whipped cream , that had kaffir lime fruit juice squeezed over it ... DEEELICOUS
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brad says...
thanks Mary!

The soil is limestone and black sand (very limey) so will need plenty of decent dirt to plant into first. Or maybe I'll keep them in half-barrels.
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MiltonT says...
Wayne, love Thai and just getting keen on cooking a lot of dishes. From what I read about Kaffir Limes they are slow to grow and slower to fruit so one plant seems to maybe not be enough and grafted plants in Melb are around $40 for one about 80 cm tall. Could I swap you some lime seeds for some chilli seeds? I have many from no heat to the Guiness record holder. I have a very nice - new this year smallish bright orange bell capsicum - no heat but lovely flavour and a range of fairly hot Thai favourites.

Cheers


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MaryT says...
MiltonT if you don't hear from Wayne (his last post on this thread was in Feb 2009) I have a few fruit on my kaffir lime you can have but they're still small.
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Wazzbat says...
I went to pick some kaffir lime leaves the other night for my better half but I thought I'd do a taste test of those and my Lots Of Lime leaves. To my surprise, the Lots Of Lime leaves tasted better and were a fair bit softer too which worked better for the stir fry she was making.

So, in my opinion, if you want a lime that you can use the leaves for cooking with, you might not need to go for a Kaffir?
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amanda says...
Hey that's a good tip Wazzbat :) I might try that too. It would be good to have one less tree to water and feed.
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MiltonT says...
MaryT thanks heaps. I actually found a nursery with a tree with fruits on it yesterday for $35 so I am away. I will set up a string of pots next weekend and see what germinates. Much appreciate your offer.

Warm regards,

MiltonT

p.s. Since you wer so kind as to make the offer, my offer to Wayne of chilli/capsicum seed is yours if you want. The orange capsicum throws very few seeds but you only need to strip one fruit for your next lot of plants. It is a very nice flavour on my palate.

M
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MaryT says...
That's good MiltonT; it's cool - everyone's kind on this forum and I've been on the receiving end plenty of times. Good luck with the Kaffir Lime seedlings.
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MiltonT says...
MaryT,

I don't know about yours but my fruits had no seeds so nothing got planted. Zest made a nice addition to Tom Yum soup though.

Next time you take a fruit would you mind checking if it has seeds? If it does I would greatly appreciate some but it may be that the grafted plants are sterile.

I recently acquired a Chilli called Czech Black. Not very hot but when the fruit turns to very dark red from black the flavour is superb.If you are intested in a few seeds, let me know.

Cheers

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MaryT says...
OK Milton; I'll get back to you on that but I'm happy to help without a swap; it's no big deal :)
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MiltonT says...
Thanks
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snottiegobble says...
My young kaffer tree has a good number of maturing fruit on it! I use the leaves in cooking, but wonder of the fruits can be used too?
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MaryT says...
The flavour of the rind is quite strong and can be used for flavouring. (grated)
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks MaryT
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John says...
Try www.limesatwongawallan.com.au
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Mike says...
SG I have dozens of big fruit dropping on the ground.Friends of mine use the zest in preference to the leaves and also use the juice.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Mike I will try some in my next corona or TED, cheers!
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MaryT says...
Don't forget the lime in your margarita SG!
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snottiegobble says...
Stop it Mary T, my appetite is slowly stopping me from putting my socks on! :-)
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14th March 2012 1:59am
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MaryT says...
LOL; SG I will stop it because someone complained about 'small talk' on the forum when all they want is INFORMATION. So let's get serious (NOT).
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MaryT
Sydney
14th March 2012 7:17am
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amanda says...
wow...how the heck do u zest those knarly knobbly kaffir fruit!? eek... :D
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amanda19
Geraldton, 400km North of Perth
14th March 2012 7:54pm
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snottiegobble says...
Why, with your teeth of course, Amanda!
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snottiegobble
Bunno &amp; Busso ( smack in the middle)
15th March 2012 6:32pm
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Liz says...
Hi All,
Bunnings have some in in Perth if anyone's still looking for trees - think tthey're just getting their autumn fruit tree stock in...
Cheers,
Liz
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Liz
Perth (Thornlie)
16th March 2012 1:01am
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MiltonT says...
I just use the grater
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16th March 2012 3:49pm
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amanda says...
MaryT - u mentioned u were after Kaffir lime tree seeds? If u are still looking - mine have quite a few? Do they come true to type though?
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amanda19
Geraldton. 400km north of Perth
1st April 2012 6:13pm
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MaryT says...
Hi Amanda it was MiltonT who wanted the Kaffir lime seeds; maybe you can help him 'cause mine are dry.
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MaryT
Sydney
1st April 2012 9:38pm
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MiltonT says...
I believe they do because I have seen someone in Qld selling baby trees. In any case I would be more than happy to give it a try as I do have a lot of success sprouting various seedIf you would be so good as to stick some in an envelope and post to me at 18 Village Avenue, Doncaster, 3108 I would be most appreciative and will let you know how succesful it is.

Regards
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Prickles says...
This weeks's specials at that German-based supermarket chain (not sure if I should name it, or not) include citrus trees for $19.

I picked up a Kaffir Lime, almost 1 metre high, complete with a baby lime on it.
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5th April 2012 2:56pm
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Diana says...
Hi Prickles,

Thanks. I think you can name Aldi (this isn't the ABC!). You didn't say where you live?

Diana.
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Diana
Brisbane
5th April 2012 8:03pm
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morgan3 says...
I have kaffi

r lime tree with about 50 fruit on it who wants them???? I live
in the country
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26th April 2013 3:06am
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MaryT says...
My kaffir lime is doing much better with lots of juicy fruit this year.
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Sydney
26th April 2013 7:24am
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Brendan says...
Now they do look good MaryT! Have you ever made shampoo from the fruit of the kaffir lime? Works a treat! :-) If you don't have the recipe, I'll send it to you.
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Mackay, Q
28th April 2013 8:56am
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MaryT says...
Yes, please, Brendan. I'd love to have the recipe for making Kaffir lime into shampoo :) I don't use commercial shampoo (seen the list of chemicals?)
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28th April 2013 10:29am
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Julie says...
Can you make marmalade with the fruit? I know you make some Mary. Have you tried?
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Julie
Roleystone WA
29th April 2013 9:34pm
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MaryT says...
No, Julie. I have not used Kaffir limes in marmalade in the past. Can certainly try.
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Sydney
29th April 2013 10:51pm
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sheokee says...
Hello MaryT,

I am looking to getting just 1 kaffir lime but unable to find anywhere which sells it.... the closest chinese grocer is Chatswood for me... but unable to find any there.... any suggoestion where i can just buy 1 kaffir lime?
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sheokee
2061
21st November 2014 1:34pm
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TMary says...
Hi Sheokee, are you referring to the fruit? They are not in season right now. As to the tree, they are not rare; I have seen them at Bunnings but best to ring and check first. Not sure if Daleys have them in stock right now.
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Neutral Bay NSW
21st November 2014 3:21pm
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sheokee says...
Hello TMary,

Thank you for your advise..... noted will do just that !!!! :)
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2061
21st November 2014 4:58pm
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Boris Spasky says...
Haven't seen makrut lime (correct name) fruit sold.
Not very juicy and slightly bitter. Its juice is very aromatic and would be like adding perfume to a dish.
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22nd November 2014 10:39am
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Fresh Makrut fruit ( Thai name ) are seasonally sold in Asian, especially Vietnamese groceries, also including frozen whole fruit+ dried peel. Depending where you live, your probably about a month late for fresh fruit, but trees can have occasional late fruit. I would ask around a bit harder, including visiting garden centres where I have occasionally liberated the odd fruit.
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vic
22nd November 2014 12:53pm
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sheokee says...
Yeah jackfruit etiquette..........

There aren't any available... quite hard to find.... bad timing i guess.....

Thank you got your tip..!! :)
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2061
24th November 2014 7:19pm
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Caron says...
Hi
I've noticed a lot of people saying the kaffir fruit is not good. I've just returned from Thailand where I did some cooking classes. They use the kaffir lime rind for curry pastes and it makes a huge difference, the other limes don't cut it. They don't use the juice though, they use tahitian limes for that. Hope it helps. I'm desperately trying to find some limes now, to make some red curry paste. My tree has heaps of leaves, no fruit!
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Perth
14th July 2017 1:18pm
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Brain says...
I have 2 kaffir lime trees in pots, both producing a handful of fruits a year. It is hard to give away the fruits as hardly anyone knows what to do with them.

Having said that, I did find someone who uses it in Indonesian sambal (sauce/dip).

Mine flowers irregularly and I did get fruits around Mar/Apr and Jun/Jul. It might be worth getting another tree to increase your chances of getting fruits.
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17th July 2017 2:21pm
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