What is a Australian Finger Lime?

(Citrus australasica) are Australia’s native caviar.

With the shape of a small finger, finger limes are known for their caviar-esque pearls that (literally) burst with flavour, similar to a round lime. To use them simply cut them in half and gently scoop out the pulp.

The small beads are perfect for sprinkling on top of your meal, adding to a dressing for a bold flavour or stirred into your favourite cocktail for a zesty punch.

The plants can grow to 10 metres in their natural habitat, though in New Zealand it’s usually two to three.

The trees also aren’t frost-hardy when young keep in a sheltered spot or grow in pots that can be moved indoors over winter in cold areas.

They do grow well in larger containers and make an unusual fruiting tree for the patio.

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