Fingerlime – Citrus caviar
Citrus australasica F. Muell.
Australian limes and their hybrids
September – November
Australian limes evolved in isolation from other citrus fruits, adapting to the different geographical conditions of the great Australian continent. The Australian Finger Lime (also known as Citrus Caviar) is characterized by its small, elongated fruits, containing tiny, rounded, perfectly individualized round juice vesicles, which contain an intense citrus juice
TREE AND FRUIT DESCRIPTION:
Slow-growing shrub, with fragile and thin branches, very thorny and with abundant foliage. Very small leaves, toothed, leathery and dark colored. Small fruit of elongated morphology, it can present small apical mamelon. Thin, aromatic rind, ranging in color from greenish-yellow to purple or almost black when ripe. Yellow-greenish pulp, pale in origin and more intense at the end of ripening, formed by small vesicles of juice of globose or subglobose morphology. It has seeds, many of which are aborted.
The leaves are used to flavor drinks. The rind, dried, flavors dishes or drinks. The juice vesicles decorate and season all kinds of dishes or alcoholic beverages, as an exclusive substitute for lemon or lime.