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Kaffir lime (left), used in Thai cooking, with galangal root.
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Kaffir lime (left), used in Thai cooking, with galangal root.

The Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix DC., Rutaceae), also known as Kieffer lime, Makrut, or Magrood, is a Southeast Asian citrus plant with very pungent leaves. The green lime fruits are distinguished by their bumpy exterior and their small size (approx. 4 cm wide), and the hourglass-shaped leaves are widely used in Thai cuisine and Lao cuisine. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2250 KB) Citrus hystrix (sold on Réunion Island) July 29, 2005 Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux File links The following pages link to this file: Kaffir lime ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2250 KB) Citrus hystrix (sold on Réunion Island) July 29, 2005 Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux File links The following pages link to this file: Kaffir lime ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2163 KB) Thai keffir lime and galangal. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2163 KB) Thai keffir lime and galangal. ... Genera About 160 genera; selected important genera: Amyris - West Indian Sandalwood Choisya - Mexican orange Citrus - Citrus Dictamnus - Burning-bush Fortunella - Kumquat Melicope - Corkwood, Alani Murraya - Curry tree Phellodendron - Cork-trees Poncirus - Trifoliate orange Ptelea - Hoptree Ruta - Rue Skimmia - Skimmia Tetradium (Euodia) - Euodias Zanthoxylum - Toothache trees Rutaceae is a family of... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Species & major hybrids Species Citrus maxima - Pomelo Citrus medica - Citron Citrus reticulata - Mandarin & Tangerine Major hybrids Citrus x aurantifolia - Lime Citrus x aurantium Citrus x hystrix - Kaffir Lime Citrus x ichangensis - Ichang Lemon Citrus x limetta Citrus x limon - Lemon Citrus x limonia - Rangpur Citrus x paradisi - Grapefruit Citrus x... Thai seafood curry Thai cuisine is known for its blend of fundamental flavors in each dish -- hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty and bitter. ... Lao cuisine is the cuisine of Laos. ...


Kaffir lime leaves are also popular in the west of Cambodia, but less so in Vietnam. Malay and Indonesian (especially, Balinese; see also Indonesian bay leaf) cuisines use them sporadically with chicken and fish. The cuisine of a country is generally a microcosm of the nation and Malaysian cuisine reflects the multi racial aspects of Malaysia. ... bay leaves Bay leaf (plural bay leaves) are the aromatic leaves of several species of the Laurel family (Lauraceae). ... Binomial name Gallus gallus (Linnaeus, 1758) A chicken (Gallus gallus) is a type of domesticated bird which is often raised as a type of poultry. ... Groups Conodonta Hyperoartia Petromyzontidae (lampreys) Pteraspidomorphi (early jawless fish) Thelodonti Anaspida Cephalaspidomorphi (early jawless fish) Galeaspida Pituriaspida Osteostraci Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) Placodermi Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish) Acanthodii Osteichthyes (bony fish) Actinopterygii (ray-finned fish) Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) Actinistia (coelacanths) Dipnoi (lungfish) A fish is a poikilothermic (cold-blooded)* water-dwelling...


The leaves can be used fresh or dried, and can be stored frozen.


Although the most common product of the kaffir lime tree is its leaves (which impart a sour flavour to Thai dishes such as tom yum, and to Indonesian food such as sayur assam - literally sour vegetables), the juice and rinds of the small, dark green gnarled fruit (known as jeruk obat - literally medicine citrus) are used in traditional Indonesian medicine. Tom yum (Thai ต้มยำ, also tom yam) is perhaps the most famous of all Thai dishes, a hot and sour soup flavored with fish sauce, lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal and chillies. ...


As for the zest, it is widely used in creole cuisine and to impart flavor to "arranged" rhums in the Réunion island and Madagascar. Rum is one of the Small Isles, part of the British Isles. ...


For other types of lime, see lime (fruit). Lime is actually an ambiguous term in the context of fruit, referring to a number of different citruses with typically round, green to yellow fruits, 3-6 cm in diameter, generally containing sour pulp, and frequently associated with the lemon. ...

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Spice Pages: Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix, jeruk purut, makrut) (778 words)
Form a stereochemical point of view, it is remarkable that kaffir lime leaves contain only (-)-(S)-citronellal, whereas the enantiomeric form (+)-(R) citronellal is found in both lemon balm and (to a lesser degree) lemon grass, (note, however, that citronellal is only a trace component in the latter's essential oil).
The soup is flavoured with loads of chiles, lime juice, fish sauce and fresh spices: galanga, lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves.
Kaffir lime has a very strong, characteristic fragrance that cannot easily be substituted by other spices; lemon myrtle leaves or simply lime peel is probably the best substitute.
Kaffir lime - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (199 words)
Kaffir lime leaves are also popular in Cambodia, but less so in Vietnam.
As for the zest, it is widely used in creole cuisine and to impart flavor to "arranged" rums in the Réunion island and Madagascar.
Kaffir lime (left), used in Southeast asian cooking, with galangal root.
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