Finger Lime Trees
FRUIT-FLIME-1-5Regular price $47.00
Discover the caviar of citrus fruit! Australian Finger Limes are a must have if you love growing unusual but delicious fruit. This tree is suitable for a large patio container and produce elongated citrus filled with zingy pearls bursting with lime-flavoured juice.
Urban Bounty Finger Limes come in a 2L pot.
About Finger Limes (Citrus australasica, Citrus Cavier, Australian Finger Limes)
Finger limes are an evergreen citrus that is native to the rainforests of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The fruit is small (5 - 7 cm long) and elongated with a tapered end. The skin isn't usually eaten, as it is leathery but inside, the fruit is packed with tiny spheres of caviar filled with tart juice. When flowering, the tree dainty has pale pink - white flowers.
Finger Lime trees can grow up to 10 metres in their natural habitat, but usually only grow to between two and three metres in New Zealand's climate. The tree itself doesn't look like a traditional citrus. It has dark glossy green leaves, with small, rounded leaves. The only downside is that there are a few thorns to contend with!
Try this tree in your home orchard or tropical garden and you'll be the envy of all the foodies in the neighbourhood!
Culinary Uses for Finger Limes
Finger limes have a tart, lime flavour - the delicious pearls of caviar pop in your mouth and release their citrusy juice when chewed. Simply cut the Finger Lime open and squeeze our the pearls of caviar to enjoy this taste sensation.
The citrus flavour of Finger Limes makes them the perfect match for fish, shellfish, sashimi and sushi. They are equally delicious sprinkled over salads added to a vinaigrette dressing. The caviar is also delicious in sweet creations - jams and marmalades, cheesecakes, and ice cream. Our favourite way to enjoy Finger Lime Caviar is in a Gin and Tonic on a hot day!
Finger Limes ripen on the tree and can take up to ten months to ripen. When ripe, they feel full and firm to touch, and should come away with little resistance. While you can store them at room temperature for a day or two, they will stay fresher for longer in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.
Growing Conditions - Finger Limes
Finger Limes thrive in warm conditions and a sunny spot. Like all citrus, they also need well draining rich soil. A true tropical, Finger Limes aren't frost-hardy, they don't like wind. Companion plant Finger Limes with shallow rooting herbs that attract pollinating bees like Borage.
Finger Limes are hungry plants, so you will need to feed your tree regularly, particularly when fruiting. We also recommend adding a little Morganics fertiliser when planting. This tree also needs regular watering in hot, dry weather. Mulch and keep the soil moist around the base to help prevent fruit drop.
Finger Limes don't like to be crowded out by other trees or plants with large root systems. Also keep an eye out for scale - a common citrus pest.
Climate Conditions and seasonal information
Finger Limes love warmth and will fruit better in the upper regions of the North Island. If you live in an area that experiences winter frosts, we recommend that you plant your Finger Lime in a large container. You will need to feed and water a container grown tree regularly, and repot it at least every two - three years. This tree isn't appropriate for indoor growing.
Trees fruit from early summer through to mid winter. They are unlikely to fruit until at least four years old.