You might know the Kieffer Lime Tree as the Thai Lime, Makrut, Mauritian papeda, or Kaffir. Whatever you call it, you'll love its tapestry of textures: Thorny stems and trunk, shiny dark leaves, and bright green fruits with bumpy skins. These limes will grow indoors year-round, bursting with a uniquely tangy taste that makes them a favourite in Asian cuisine from India to Thailand. Their zest adds a splash of fresh flavour to soups, curries, and stews, and their fragrant peels are great for drinks. The limes' crisp scent even inspires some people to use them when cleaning.
These dwarf citrus trees are scientifically known as Citrus hystrix in the family Rutaceae, and they thrive in bright sunlight, next to large windows or outdoors during the hot summer months. They enjoy humidity or room temperature conditions. The Kieffer Lime Tree's refreshing aroma, unusual beauty, and trim size (it only grows about 1.5 m tall) make it an excellent indoor plant. Zones 9-10.
Here are some recipes using this flavoursome citrus fruit!
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