|THE RARE AUSTRALIAN FINGER LIME PRODUCES TINY, ELONGATED LIMES WITH CRUNCY SEGMENTS THAT POP IN YOUR MOUTH.|
These are so cool, that I can hardly control my enthusiasm. They look like little gherkins, but once you cut these limes open, the are pure citrus caviar. What makes the Australian Finger Lime so delightful is the juicy vesicles that pop in your mouth like caviar ( well, let'e say more like Tobiko). I first saw Australian Finger Limes on an episode of Martha Stewart Living where Byron Martin, owner of our favorite nursery - Logee's in Danielson, CT was showing Martha some of the new citrus varieties that he was offering. He broke one open to show the tiny fruits magic - pearlescent sections of citrusy goodness. They are used in fancy treats, and of course in the coolest cocktails money can buy.
Australia Finger Limes are rare, at least in North America, even in California and Florida, they are the rarest and most sought-after citrus since bud wood has only recently been allowed to be imported from Australia, where the lime is one of about a half-dozen Austrolasian limes. According to the Los Angeles Times, some growers are beginning to grow these unique limes, and some are even starting to show up at the Santa Monica farmers market.
We rushed out to get some, only to find that they plants were small grafts, so we knew that we had to wait a few years for our shrubs to get large enough to bear fruit. If you are not familiar with this very special lime, the reason that it is so popular is because of the The lime is popular in hip New York City cocktail bars, and with upscale caterers who find the fruits novelty irresistible.
|THE AUSTRALIAN NURSERY, DALEY'S OFFERS MULTIPLE COLORS OF FINGER LIMES.|
They are available from Logees Nursery in the USA or from Daley's Fruit Tree Nursery in Australia ( only for shipments within Australia). The photo below is from Daley's, showing the various varieties and colors available.