Kaffir lime leaves (Citrus hystrix) are the highly perfumed leaves of a Southeast Asian citrus fruit that’s not actually a true lime. The glossy, dark green kaffir lime leaves look like two leaves joined end to end. Their name derives from a word of Arabic origin for “nonbeliever”. Grown in Southeast Asia and Hawaii, the kaffir lime tree produces small, pear-shaped fruit with bright yellowish green wrinkled skin.
Kaffir limes are valued for their zest and very sour juice, but mostly for the heavenly perfume of their leaves. The leaves are especially popular in Thailand, where they appear in soups, stir-fries, and curries, and in Indonesia (especially Bali) where they appear in fish and chicken dishes. Dried kaffir lime leaves are used in the same way as bay leaves.
Shred or tear the leaves and add to Thai curries and hot and sour soups.
Make kaffir lime aïoli by puréeing the deveined leaves with a little lime juice and mixing with mayonnaise.
Category: Spices and Herbs
Sub Category: Spice