Kaffir Lime Tree – Citrus hystrix
The kaffir lime tree is one of the most commonly planted trees in the Thai gardens, The leaves and rind of the bumpy skinned fruit. are used to imparting a unique, oily lime flavor, to curries, stir fries, fresh salads and my favorite Tom Yum with coconut milk soup. This is one powerful spice, Use the leaves and rind of the fruit very sparingly. It’s strong flavor can over power other more subtle ones in the dish, so finely chop the leaves into slivers or grate the rind and use a mortar and pestle to mix with the other herbs in the dish. Having many uses in the Thai household besides cooking, it’s leaves are used to deodorize laundry and make a shampoo. Useful for treatment of colds, congestion and cough. Fruit ripens October to March. Self fertile. Zones 9-10.