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Jul 2, 2009 02:42 PM

Kaffir lime leaves?

Is there anywhere where you can get fresh (not dried) kaffir lime leaves? I saw them once at the Civic Center Farmer's Market, but I'd like to find a more reliable source. Is a kaffir lime plant hard to grow? Is there a nursery anywhere around that sells them?

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  1. I've bought them at Monterey Market in Berkeley. Always buy extra, too, and they freeze perfectly.

    1. Berkeley Bowl, last saw them at West.

      1. New May Wah sells kaffir lime leaves. They're in the southeast corner of the produce section.

        New May Wah
        719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

        1. Kaffir lime trees are not hard to grow. The like lots of sun good drainage and the hate the COLD!!! I had one for years in a pot and it did really well. Not just producing tons of leaves but after a couple of year fruit too. The zest really put your Thai curry pastes over the top. In the winter I just moved close to the house under a covered porch.
          I bought it from

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          1. re: chefj

            Berkeley Horticultural often has them too.

            1. re: Armoise

              Flowercraft on Bayview near Alameny usually has potted kaffir lime plants on dwarf stock. I've had one in my back yard in Excelsior for about 4 years and it does well with minimal attention.

              1. re: Zeldog

                Four Winds grows them as mentioned (if you can't get to a nursery you can order from them directly) but Long's Rockridge in Oakland has them and the best collection of citrus in general. They do well like all citrus in pots as long as they are well fed.

                1. re: cakebaker

                  you can order directly from their web site.

            2. re: chefj

              It's well worth growing your own . . . I have had one for quite a few years in a large container. They love lots of citrus food! I agree with chefj, . . . both the leaves and the fruit are wonderful to have fresh and at the ready. The tree grows quickly and needs pruning - I used to share the pruned branches, or you can just pop the leaves into a freezer ziploc and freeze them for future use/giveaway. Be VERY aware that they must be tended/covered, or brought in if you live in a frost zone. They are particularly intolerant of cold. I lost one a number of years back to a freeze. I have also had good success with growing lemongrass . . .

            3. I've often found them at Rainbow Grocery, along with galangal