Established Since 1946
Our Lime Range
Limes are the new ‘black’ of citrus! There are quite a few different types that can be used in many styles of cuisine. Tahitian Limes have have a distinct flavour but can be used to create sweets where lemons are traditionally used such as lime tarts, lime meringue pies and lime butter. You can use the crushed leaves of Kaffir Limes in your Thai curry or Finger Lime vesicles mixed through a leafy salad. If you love to cook, then you need as many varieties as you can fit in your garden.
An Australian native, originating in the rainforests of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The Finger Lime produces an unusual finger-shaped fruit that has individual vesicles inside that pop out when squeezed. The vesicles look similar to caviar and have a strong limey taste. This unusual citrus variety is great for drinks, as a garnish or mixed through salads.
- Alstonville – Produces medium sized fruit with a dark skin when ripe and pale lime green vesicles.
- Byron Sunrise – Dark purple to black skin with pink vesicles, darkening to red when the fruit is opened. Slow growing tree but fruits prolifically. (out of stock)
- Judes Everbearing – Dark brownish green with vesicles a mix of pinkish orange to green and clear. This variety is quite a strong grower and produces a large crop from summer to autumn. (out of stock)
- Pink Ice – Purplish to brown on the outside with clear to pink vesicles on the inside. Fruits well with a great flavour. (out of stock)
- Rainforest Pearl – The fruit has a green skin, with a ruby red flush, inside the vesicles are a beautiful rich red. (200mm and 400mm pots available)
- Green Sapphire – Large green fruit with lime green vesicles. The plant has light green foliage with a weeping habit.
- Gold Pearl – Upright shrub producing broad finger shaped fruit filled with golden pearls. (out of stock)
The Kaffir Lime is predominately used for its unusual double lobed leaves. When chopped or crushed the leaf expels a wonderful aromatic citrus flavour that characterises many Asian dishes including green chicken curry. The small knobbly fruit looks like a brain and has very little juice, but the skin can be used for zesting.
Kaffir Limes are a small growing tree and will happily grown in a pot or in the garden. Regular picking of the leaves will keep the tree compact.
Be careful when purchasing a Kaffir Lime as there are a few different strains sold throughout Australia, some with large thorns. Our superior strain has small thorns and a larger leaf that is a lot more aromatic. Also see our Dwarf Kaffir Lime variety.
The Rangpur Lime is often mistaken for a Mandarin as its fruit is orange. It is easily peeled and can be broken into segments like a Mandarin, but it has a distinct strong acidic lime flavour. Unlike the Tahitian, it has seeds.
The tree is very vigorous and is sometimes used as a rootstock because of this strong growing trait.
It is more cold tolerant than all the other limes. It produces an abundance of fruit from late autumn through to spring. If you can overlook a lime fruit being orange in colour, and you have space or are in a cold climate then this is a fantastic choice.
We currently have no Rangpur Limes in stock but they are growing and we should have a small number available soon.
This is the most popular backyard lime tree and the variety commonly found in supermarkets. The Tahitian Lime produces delicious juicy seedless fruit. When picked small and green they are stronger in flavour. Alternatively they can be left to ripen on the tree to a light yellow colour, when they become their juiciest. The main harvest is late autumn to mid-winter, although they can bear a small summer crop.
Limes are a great alternative to lemons in all forms of cooking and taste great in a beer or squeezed into a cup of tea.
The tree is a medium grower with a lovely dense branching habit, making them ideal for the garden or a pot. Also see our Dwarf Tahitian Lime variety.
WEST INDIAN LIME
Similar to the Tahitian Lime, with a smaller, stronger flavoured fruit that does contain some seeds. Like the Tahitian, it also turns from green to a light yellow colour when fully ripe. It fruits intermittently through summer and autumn.
The West Indian Lime is a smaller growing tree than the Tahitian reaching about 3 metres in its lifetime.
It is not cold tolerant and in frost prone areas, trees must be protected in winter for at least the first three years.
We have a very limited number of West Indian Limes for sale.