Kaffir Lime & Chilli Peppers

November 15, 2010

Kaffir Lime
(Citrus hystrix)

It’s got fruit!  The Kaffir Lime plant that I received as a birthday present in May (Plants4Presents.co.uk) has flowered and fruited, hopefully this is a good sign and not one that means I have neglected it too much as I don’t seem to have followed all of the detailed instructions provided here!  I love the double leaves and first saw them when attending a Thai cooking class.  They give a lovely fresh taste to the dishes and now I have a good supply of my own! The photos aren’t great but they give you an idea of how mature and healthy a plant you receive, I’m really pleased with it.

Kaffir Lime Plant

Kaffir Lime Fruit

Kaffir Lime leaves have a lovely aromatic scent, if you bruise a leaf and rub it on your hands, the scent is a real pick-me-up.  Alternatively, slightly tear a leaf or two and throw it in a hot bath for a lovely uplifting fragrant bath.

You can use the leaves in cooking either fresh or dried. Usually the whole leaf is used if you are flavouring a soup or curry dish and is removed before serving.  If you are making thai fish cakes or similar dishes we were taught to roll up the leaf tightly then shred it very finely.  You can remove the midrib and stalk in an older leaf as it may be bitter.

The leaves give a lovely flavour to rice – just throw in a few leaves while the rice is cooking; especially nice with jasmine rice.

You can also flavour sugar with kaffir lime leaves to use in sponges, a syrup or other sweet dishes. Just leave the torn/shredded leaves in the sugar overnight in a sealed container, then remove the leaves the next day before using or storing for use at a later date.

There are a few more ideas and recipes here.

Cayenne Chilli Peppers

I’ve grown cayenne chilli peppers for the last 2 years and can’t believe how easy they are to grow in just a few medium sized pots.  Only trouble is that I now have too many as I have only just finished last year’s ones. They dry really easily, although they can be used fresh of course, the dried ones are stronger though. I just used some cotton thread to tie them up in a dry, airy room and just cut them off as needed.

This year I just tied a few up in a slightly different way and the photo shows them before the thread broke and they all fell down all over the floor!  I’ve got a few more to tie up (with stronger thread this time)/give away/cook with or use as decorations……

Chilli Peppers

I recently used a few in a roast pumpkin soup recipe which was delicious.  Does anyone have any favourite dishes using chilli peppers or other ways to make use of them?

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1 MJ Martin 08.28.11 at 7:19 pm

I was googling ideas for drying my cayenne peppers and found your article. I’ll be threading them up with fishing wire! Also, I wanted to share with you that I cut off the tip and added it to my spagetti sauce and it gave it a little kick that was awesome (can’t use too much tho or it won’t be spagetti sauce anymore!) Thanks for the tips, MJ

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