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The very special Kaffir Lime

This is a discussion on The very special Kaffir Lime within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Mostly grown in Sout-East-Asia is the KAFFIR LIME, rarely seen in the West. It is ...

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    Default The very special Kaffir Lime

    Mostly grown in Sout-East-Asia is the KAFFIR LIME, rarely seen in the West.
    It is indeed a member of the CITRUS family and green like a lime, but the
    peel/skin is bumpy and the flavor different too. Kaffir Limes, also known as Kieffer Lime, Limau Purut or Makrut in Thai, are native to Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. Both the leaves of the plant as well as the
    rind/peel of the fruit are exceptionally fragrant and widely used in Asian cooking, esp. in Thai cuisine such as soups (Tom Yam Kung, Tom Kha Kei) and of course curries. Some Asian speciality shops import them fresh, esp. the leaves and are indispensable/exquisite for oriental cuisine. Try them!

    Cheers, Michael
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    interesting plant. Never seen the fruits before.

    I like the fragance of the leaves.


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    Yes, I called this limau purut. Having used this since I was young. As mentioned above, limau purut is used for cooking and the leaves are used to add aroma to your food. Very common in South East Asia. A must for some Malay food, without which, the taste will not be a favourite.

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    Cool, Michael. I have never se this before. Thanks for posting it.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    The store I work for special orders both the fruit and the leaves in for customers and some restaurants. I have never used them in cooking not tasted the results but the leaves have a wonderful citrus fragrance.

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    Your pictures are beautiful
    I have this in my garden and use the leaves for cooking.

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