The size of your little finger, but packing a HUGE nutritional punch, the Finger Lime is an unusual fruit that'll add a zesty vibrancy to any dish. Our guilty pleasure is to muddle the finger lime's caviar-like pearls in a glass, then top with vodka, ice and sparkling water for an uber-refreshing cocktail.
A rare rainforest tree, the Finger Lime has been an important source of food for Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Yet when European settlers cleared the land for farming, much of this unique fruit was destroyed. Fortunately, several isolated pockets of sub-tropical rainforest on private land and in national parks continued to grow the Finger Lime and are responsible for the survival and commercial availability of the trees today.
The mature fruit comes in a wide range of colours including green, yellow, purple, pink and bright red. The beautiful pulp of the fruit is revealed in all its glory when sliced open: caviar-like pearls cascade outwards, filled with lemon-lime juice. Whilst only a small fruit, the nutritional power of the Finger Lime is not to be underestimated. Bursting with zesty flavour, it is rich in folate, potassium and Vitamin E and contains three times the Vitamin C found in mandarines. The level of Vitamin E is exceptionally high in the pink Finger Lime. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants in human cell protection and disease prevention.
With a delicious aroma of fresh zesty citrus, the taste of the Finger Lime is tart with some astringency and bitterness.
With its refreshing citrus lime flavour, Finger Lime can also be used in dressings, jams and sauces, cordials and cocktails. It can substitute for ordinary lemon or lime, wherever they are used.
When European settlers cleared the bush for farming, many of the Finger Lime trees were destroyed. Fortunately, the tree survives in several isolated pockets of sub-tropical rainforest on private land and in national parks and currently these are the only sources of Finger Limes.
The mature Finger Lime is a joy to behold. It comes in a wide range of colours, such as green, yellow, purple, pink and bright red.
When sliced open, it reveals ‘caviar like’ pearls, which are filled with lemon-lime juice.