Kaffir Lime trees are predominantly grown and used for their lovely, aromatic leaves which are used to flavour a variety of different cuisines. The tree is a pretty dense and compact grower with a distinct, double-lobed leaf. The fruit itself is small-ish and has a wrinkly appearance that makes it looks almost like a little green brain. While it has very little juice content, the fruit’s skin can still be used for its zest.
When chopped or crushed, the leaf expels a wonderful aromatic citrus flavour that characterises many Asian dishes including green chicken curry.
Since Kaffir Limes are a relatively small growing tree, even the full-size form can live happily in a pot, though they can definitely go directly in the ground. Regular pruning and picking of the leaves will keep the tree compact and encourage more growth.
Do be cautious when looking for Kaffir Lime trees, as there are a few different strains sold throughout Australia, and some can have rather large thorns. The strain we grow at Engall’s has small thorns and a larger leaf that’s a lot more aromatic.
If you’re after something smaller, check out our Dwarf Kaffir Lime!
For our citrus care recommendations, please check our Help & Advice page!