Botanical name: Citrus hystrix
Some other names: Wild lime, makrut lime, Mauritius papeda
How to grow it:
Kaffir lime is a tree to 5m with unique “double” leaves that are incredibly aromatic. Likes full sun and good drainage – plenty of water in the drier months. A hardy plant once established.
Great for growing in pots- in cooler areas the pot can be brought into shelter in winter.
Can be propagated by cuttings, but for many it would worth buying a grafted variety which seem to grow more rapidly.
In the Kitchen:
The leaves are the main parts used in asian cooking, but the rind, zest & juice and pulp of the fruit are all edible too.
Crush leaves in your hand & add to soups and curries. Deveined and chopped finely they can be added to salads and dressings. Essential ingredient in many curry and laksa pastes.
Throw a leaf per person in any pot of tea for a taste sensation.