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Kaffir limes grow on small, evergreen tree that can grow anywhere from 2 to 6 meters tall. The multi-stemmed branches are covered with thorns. Kaffir lime trees have highly fragrant leaves and white flowers that precede the small green fruits. Kaffir limes are small, around 3 to 5 centimeters wide and 5 to 7 centimeters in height 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, is extremely aromatic.
Kaffir limes are available year-round with a peak season in the winter months.
Kaffir limes, sometimes referred to as Thai limes or Makrut limes. The limes are botanically classified as Citrus histrix. The species name is Greek for hedgehog, which is reflective of not only the thorns on the Kaffir lime tree, but the bumpy appearance of the fruit itself. The common name “kaffir” has been hotly debated in more recent years, because of the negative meaning associated with the word in certain areas of the world. Many retailers have taken to calling the lime by its scientific name and other prefer the Thai word for the fruit, Makrut, as it is most commonly found in the cuisine of Thailand. Kaffir limes are best known and used for their intensely fragrant rind and zest.
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 used more often for their zest and rind than they are for their juice. Wash Kaffir limes lightly with a brush to remove any dirt if using the zest. Zest the rind using a microplane or zester. A little Kaffir lime zest goes a long way. The zest or pieces of rind are finely chopped or added to ingredients using a mortar and pestle to make curry paste in Laos and Thailand and added to soups and stews. The zest is added to fish cakes and ‘gkaeng bpah’ or jungle soup in Indonesia. 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 in bars, tarts, or other sweets. Kaffir limes will store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
The common name for this fruit came under criticism in 2014, when several organizations spoke out against using the term ‘kaffir’ to refer to lime. The word “kaffir” means infidel in Arabic, and has historically been used to refer to anyone who was a non-Muslim. In South Africa this term was used as a slur by white colonists when referring to black Africans throughout the 20th century. 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 in 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 Citrus hystrix fruit by its Thai name, Makrut limes, or simply as “Thai limes.”
Kaffir limes are thought to be native to Sri Lanka, but the fruit has been cultivated and hybridized for many generations in the Southeast Asian region, so its exact origin is not truly known. The intensely flavored limes are mainly cultivated in their native region and range from Sri Lanka, throughout Indonesia to the Philippines. In Indonesia, where they are called ‘asjeruk obat’ or ‘medicine citrus,’ Kaffir limes are used medicinally for gum and dental health. They are known to be cultivated in Southern California and Florida in the United States.
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Recipes that include Kaffir Limes. One is easiest, three is harder.
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