We planted our Australian Finger Lime a little over a year ago. We had a few blossoms on it shortly after we got it, and a few teeny tiny limes, that fell off the tree before they had a chance to even grow. We now have numerous blossoms, and three (3), yes three limes on the tree. I do see a lot of tiny limes, and am hoping some of those will hang on and grow into edible ones as well.
The finger lime originates from Australia as you may have surmised. It’s known as the “caviar lime” because when you squeeze it, instead of juice flowing out of it, these tiny little balls, like “caviar” come out instead. When you put them in your mouth and pop them, you get a delightful burst of sweet lime taste. We were so excited to pick and try our first one a little over a week ago.
This thorny little bush like to be in the sun, but the soil mustn’t dry out. If planted near the house, one should’t plant it near any windows as the window reflections can mirror on the leaves and burn them. We have ours planted near one of our large ponds. It gets pretty much full sun, and is doing really well.
So you may be asking what exactly do you do with a lime that doesn’t really juice? You can use it like you would any lime, but it’s really great when used as a garnish. It’s such an interesting unique fruit, but the magic of the fruit is in its presentation. It is displayed in various desserts, salads, cocktails, fish dishes, salsa … the list goes on. Really, there is no limit to one’s imagination in how to use this versatile fruit. We’re hoping this little shrub takes off, and we can share this sweet little fruit at our local farmer’s market soon.Follow my blog