As the name implies, finger limes are shaped and sized like fingers. Due to its (dark) green to brown-red color, it isn’t easy to compare with other citrus fruits. The same applies to the inside as well.

Finger limes are named citrus caviar because they contain numerous pearls in their flesh. Various colors range from red-orange to yellow-green. The flavor is fresh and lime-like. As the pearls burst in your mouth, they give you a new blast of flavor. See also Ugli Fruit and Seville Oranges.                  

 Variety Of Finger Limes

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There are some varieties.

  • Emeralds are characterized by their lime-green flesh and dark purple to black skin. 
  • A Byron Sunrise has meat that is orange and skin that is chestnut brown.
  • Yellow has its name from the bright yellow flesh found inside the green-yellow skin. 

They all have a similar lime taste.

Finger lime is a delightful ingredient. Pearl-like citrus bubbles can be seen inside the tube-shaped fruit: pale green, yellow, coral, and dark red. Despite a culture that embraces uglier produce, the finger lime has never failed to impress.

Origin Of Finger Lime Tree

Finger lime tree in my yard

Known as the caviar lime in Australia, the citrus is indigenous to the continent. Almost everything about this fruit is compact. The small leaves of this fruit led Walter Swingle to name it micro citrus in 1915. The plant grows on thorny, short trees along the Queensland,  New South Wales coasts, California and I grow it here in Florida.

Even though finger limes have been making appearances in the U.S. for some years, they have just recently gained mainstream acceptance-and not simply because of their visual appeal. 

What Does Finger Lime Look Like?

Lime fingers are 2- to 4-inch, finger-shaped, cylindrical fruits that belong to the citrus family. Compared to limes, they tend to be less sour. Australian rainforests are home to finger limes. Indigenous Australians have used the trees for sustenance for thousands of years, and the trees grow naturally in the coastal regions of Western Australia.

The finger lime may be a member of the citrus family, but it is unique in many ways from other citrus varieties. A finger lime contains firm, translucent vesicles that are rounded or teardrop-shaped. When the fruit is cut, the blisters burst and separate into a series of pearls resembling caviar, giving the fruit the name citrus caviar. On the other hand, conventional citrus features tender, teardrop-shaped juice sacs that stick together.

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The Best Way To Eat Caviar Lime

The finger lime, or caviar lime, is one of the most fun fruits. When you first taste caviar lime, the first thing that comes to mind is, Delish! The crunchy, caviar-like pearls of sour-tart juice explode when they are eaten, making every bite a memorable one. It won’t take us long to show you how to eat this tasty chili-shaped micro citrus!

As soon as you have a bowl of caviar limes in your kitchen, you’ll likely start sprinkling its pearls of pulp over just about everything. This Australian fruit is famous for being an excellent topper of almost any dish.

For any recipe requiring fresh citrus flavor, use caviar lime. Adding caviar to avocado toast, salsas, dressings, drinks, and desserts is a great way to add color, texture, and taste to your meal.

Extracting Finger Limes 

 It is pretty easy to extract the caviar inside finger limes. Here’s how you can do it:

 

  • Caviar limes are cut in half width-wise. Next, gently squeeze the bubbles of citrusy juice from each half into a bowl.

 

  • The caviar lime can be sliced in half longwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the juice vesicles from the rind and place them in a bowl (or on top of whatever you are currently eating).

 

  • Round garnishes of caviar lime can be made by slicing the fruit into slices of 14 inches along its width.
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Caviar lime-infused drinks

 

This lime isn’t your ordinary lime. Fans of refreshing drinks will love caviar lime’s versatility. It can be used in all types of beverages, and kid-friendly spritzers.

 

Take advantage of the delicious caviar lime flavor with these easy ways:

 

  • Mocktails: Caviar lime pearl adds whimsy to delicate mocktails while bringing a significant amount of flavor. Caviar lime adds texture and bitter taste to a wide variety of cocktails.

 

  • Juice: You need not put the citrus caviar through a juicer. To add a little caviar lime flavor to your fresh juice, squeeze a whole or half lime into the glass. Citrus fruits like cucumber, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, ginger, and mango pair well with Caviar lime.

 

  • Water: Add a few caviar limes to your water bottle to quench your thirst throughout the day.

Other Fruits To Read About

  1. Florida Pomelo
  2. Guinep Fruit
  3. Keylime
  4. Loquat
  5. Ground Cherries
  6. Star Fruit

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