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Lime Kaffir

Lime Kaffir


Kaffir lime, scientifically known as Citrus hystrix, is a small evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, where it is revered for its culinary and medicinal properties. This unique tree is cherished for both its ornamental value and its role in enhancing the flavor of various dishes in Asian cuisine.

One of the most striking features of the Kaffir lime tree is its foliage. The leaves are glossy, dark green, and highly aromatic, with a unique double leaf structure that sets them apart from other citrus varieties. These fragrant leaves are widely used in Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian cooking, where they impart a distinctively tangy and citrusy flavor to soups, curries, stir-fries, and marinades.

In addition to its flavorful leaves, the Kaffir lime tree produces small, bumpy-skinned fruits that are prized for their tart juice and aromatic zest. While the fruit is not typically eaten raw due to its bitterness, it is commonly used to flavor beverages, sauces, and desserts, adding a refreshing citrusy kick to a variety of culinary creations.

Beyond its culinary uses, Kaffir lime trees are also valued for their ornamental beauty. With their glossy foliage and fragrant flowers, these trees make attractive additions to gardens, patios, and balconies, where they can be enjoyed year-round. They thrive in warm, sunny climates and are relatively low-maintenance, requiring regular watering and occasional pruning to maintain their shape and vigor.

Cold hardy zones 9-11, but grows very well in container gardens and can be brought in during freezing   

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