Kaffir Limes
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The Kaffir Lime tree is native to landlocked Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and other parts of south Asia. The trees thrive in warm, humid climates and like other citrus varieties are extremely sensitive to cold and frost. The tree bears fruit in the winter months and flowers throughout the spring and summer.

In the Thai kitchen, simply referencing the use of citrus leaves essentially means kaffir lime leaves. Kaffir lime trees are so common that the majority of rural households have their own Kaffir lime trees to harvest from.

Season

 Kaffir Limes season starts in the Spring and peaks in the Fall.

Availability

 Kaffir Limes are available year round.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Purchasing

When purchasing Kaffir Limes, look for ones that are rough, bumpy and dark green in color.

Storage

Kaffir Limes that are stored at room temperature stay fresh for about a week, if kept out of direct sunlight. Ideally, Kaffir Limes are best kept in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. They should keep for up to 3-5 weeks, refrigerated.

Culinary Uses

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Kaffir Lime juice or zest per recipe.

Pairings

Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Lemongrass, Mint, Salt, Sugar, Vanilla, Apricots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Figs, Grapefruit, Guava, Kiwi, Lemons, Mangoes, Melons, Oranges, Papayas, Passion Fruit, Avocados, Capers, Cilantro, Ginger, Jicama, Peppers, Sweet PotatoesButter, Buttermilk, Cream, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, YogurtBeef, Chicken, Duck, Fish, Lobster, Scallops, Shellfish, Shrimp, Honey, Maple Syrup, Marinades

Substitutes

Mexican Key Limes

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
LIMES,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 30
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
2%
Potassium 102mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes