Kaffir Lime Leaves
This leaf’s hourglass figure and assertive personality belie a fragile flavor. Floral with a unique lemon-lime aroma the essential oil is prized in South Asian cooking. So addictive is the scent of the essential oil that many perfumes and colognes are beginning to utilize it as the prominent base or heart note.
A leaf from an evergreen citrus called the kaffir or makrut lime. While the fruit and zest of the kaffir have plenty of flavor, the leaves are the most prized for their floral scent that straddles the line between lemon and lime. The leaves are generally inedible and, like lemongrass stalks or cinnamon sticks, are fished out of soups and curries before serving. However, finely sliced fresh leaves can be used for garnish.
The kaffir lime leaf is essential to Thai curries and soups, but many dishes can benefit from their flavor. Fry in a bit of oil for a fragrant kaffir oil to be used to finish salads or soups. Kaffir lime leaves can also be steeped in milk that can then be used in fragrant puddings and custards.
|Ingredients||Kaffir lime leaves.|
|Recommended Applications||This spice adds a citrus, sweet flavor that complements authentic Thai dishes like salad, soup, curry, stir-fry, fish cake, or noodle recipes. Kaffir Lime Leaves are an easy to use and integral spice to many dishes in Thai Cuisine.|
|Basic Preparation||Ready to use as is, no preparation is necessary. For recipes that require one fresh Kaffir Lime Leaf, substitute several of these dried leaves.|
|Cuisine||Indian, Indonesian, Thai|
|Taste & Aroma||Acidic & Fruity|
|Shelf Life||4 Years|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Country of Origin||Thailand|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|