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What are finger limes good for?

By: Cesare RossiUpdated: November 26, 2020


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Nutritionally speaking finger limes are a great source of folate, potassium and Vitamin E and C. They have also been used topically for many generations as an antiseptic for infected sores and boils.

Consequently, what does finger lime taste like?

Taste and Smell
With a delicious aroma of fresh, zesty citrus and a hint of cooked apples, the taste of the Finger Lime is tart with some astringency and bitterness. The pulp contains juice vesicles that resemble caviar.

Similarly, where can I find finger limes?

Look for finger limes at specialty grocery stores -- in some parts of California, you might be able to find finger limes at your farmers market.

How big is a finger lime?

around 2 to 5 metres

Why are finger limes so expensive?

As it turns out, these thorns are one of the reasons the Finger Limes are so expensive. Harvesters must go to great efforts to not be “stabbed” by all the coarse thorns when picking the fruits – imagine combat gear and leather gloves!


How long do finger limes last?

Fresh limes will keep for 2-4 weeks when wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen whole and stored for 6-12 months in the freezer.

Which finger lime is best?

Byron Sunrise. Byron Sunrise has fascinatingly bright red caviar that makes this one of the most sought after varieties of finger lime. With a mild lemon taste and low acidity, it is an exceptional garnish. This slow growing tree is of low vigour and has a narrow canopy.

Can you eat finger lime skin?

Uses. You can use your finger limes with seafood, in salads, drinks, desserts, sauces or marmalades. Fruit can be frozen whole and this is a good way of preserving some for year-round eating. Or the rind can be dried and crushed to be used as a spice.

Why is my finger lime not fruiting?

Not enough water during fruit set
To test, insert a couple of fingers in the soil close to the trunk of your Finger Lime. If it's damp then great, if it's dry then time for water! Not enough water will result in the tiny fruit dropping off and leaving you with no Finger Limes for Summer.

Can finger limes be grown in pots?

Growing native finger limes in pots
Probably the best place to grow the very fashionable Australian native finger lime is in a large container. Most varieties have prickly foliage, and confining them to a pot ensures that you can control weeds easily with less need for body armour.

Can you grow finger limes from cuttings?

Finger limes can be grown from seed, cuttings or grafting. They are slow growing and if grown from seed may take up to 15 years to mature. It is important to use fresh seeds. Semi-hardwood cuttings, like seedlings, are slow to grow and have a low success rate.

How do you know when to pick finger limes?

Fruit is picked when it changes colour, signalling that it is ripe, as it does not ripen off the tree. Finger limes are delicate and care must be taken to avoid damage as the fruit is handled along the supply chain.

What do you feed finger limes?

Lightly feed your Finger Lime tree with an all purpose flower/fruit fertiliser (NPK blend) that has a high Potassium (K) rating. Ideally, your fertiliser should contain trace elements of Zinc which all citrus desperately need after the cold months. Zince also helps combat any winter yellowing of the leaves.

Are finger limes sour?

Slender, gnarly and filled with tiny, tangy jewels that burst in the mouth, finger limes are as intriguing as they are delicious. When you taste the lime, it's got this lovely sweet and sour perfume, is very balanced and doesn't need much else.

Can you freeze finger limes?

To ensure supply to our clients, we freeze a portion of our harvest as soon as it has been sorted and we recommend our clients freeze their Finger Limes if they might not be able to use them within a week. Using the fruit once it's been frozen is easy. Serve or use as you would fresh Finger Limes.

How do you take care of a finger lime tree?

Use a well-draining soil, like one containing sand. Don't forget to water your tree every 3 or 4 days or whenever the soil gets dry. You should also fertilize it a once a month from March to May with compost, animal manure, or general fertilizer. Your finger lime tree should start to fruit in 1 to 2 years.

Are finger limes sweet?

Bush food: finger limes. Slender, gnarly and filled with tiny, tangy jewels that burst in the mouth, finger limes are as intriguing as they are delicious. When you taste the lime, it's got this lovely sweet and sour perfume, is very balanced and doesn't need much else.

Do finger limes taste like limes?

The outside of the skin is similar to a lime, but the inside is different with individual lime burst-- and the taste is unique as well. "It's tart like a lemon or a lime, some people say it has a grapefruit note that could come from some of the oils in the skin. The Finger Limes are sold at some Whole Foods.

How do you grow a finger lime tree?

Even with fresh seeds, the finger lime tree is slow to grow and seedlings have a low success rate. Plant seeds in a cell tray with drains about 2 inches (51 mm) deep in the soil. Use your finger to make the hole, then drop a seed into it. Cover it back up with soil.

Does Whole Foods sell finger limes?

Another major grower, Lisle Babcock of Deer Creek Heights Ranch, in Terra Bella, is selling finger limes to Whole Foods stores in the Los Angeles area, where the fruits will be available in the seafood department for 50 cents apiece starting next Wednesday, said Jeff Biddle, the chain's produce coordinator for Southern

Are finger limes native to Australia?

Australia has six species of native citrus, with the most well known and cultivated species being the finger lime. The Australian finger lime (Citrus australasica) is native to the rainforests of the border ranges of SE Queensland and Northern NSW.