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Kaffir lime leaves?

JoyM Jul 2, 2009 02:42 PM

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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    macadam RE: JoyM Jul 2, 2009 02:46 PM

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

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      adrienne156 RE: JoyM Jul 2, 2009 03:07 PM

      Berkeley Bowl, last saw them at West.

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        poot RE: JoyM Jul 2, 2009 03:43 PM

        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. chefj RE: JoyM Jul 2, 2009 05:31 PM

          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 www.fourwindsgrowers.com

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            Armoise RE: chefj Jul 2, 2009 06:08 PM

            Berkeley Horticultural often has them too.

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              Zeldog RE: Armoise Jul 2, 2009 07:10 PM

              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.

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                cakebaker RE: Zeldog Jul 2, 2009 10:38 PM

                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.

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                  chefj RE: cakebaker Jul 8, 2009 04:28 PM

                  you can order directly from their web site.

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              vday RE: chefj Jul 7, 2009 10:05 AM

              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 . . .

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              nerdigrrl RE: JoyM Jul 7, 2009 09:34 AM

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

              1. yimster RE: JoyM Jul 7, 2009 08:13 PM

                I purchased a kaffir lime tree from Home Depot for less than 20 dollars about five years ago. Still doing well.

                But it like warm weather and also lost it three years ago in a cold winter.

                1. Robert Lauriston RE: JoyM Jul 8, 2009 05:01 PM

                  They had a huge bag of them at Lao Market yesterday.

                  Lao Market
                  1619 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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