Kaffir lime leaves
Does anyone know what the heck is going on with these? I can't find them anywhere anymore, Dragon, United, Shuang Hu. Nothing anywhere, and I am going slowly crazy.
Anyone have any ideas?
re: Ms. Fennelbulb
First a disclosure - I am affiliated with Friends School of Minnesota, which sponsors the plant sale.
The folks who run the plant sale keep detailed records of how many plants are sold each year in order to try to meet demand. However, new offerings have no history - so there's no way to know how popular this (or any other new offering) will be.
Therefore, if you're interested in getting a kafir lime tree at the plant sale, you may want to go to the sale sooner rather than later.
re: bob s
You can also get Kaffir Lime trees at Logee's which I done in the past. I've also gotten curry leaf tree's from them to keep a fresh supply on hand. Unfortunately, looks like they are out of stock as well, but you could check with them on when they'll be back in.
RE: Kaffir Lime Leaf Update
As you know, Kaffir Lime Leaves are in quarantine due to an insect called the Asian Citrus
Psyllid. The USDA is trying to control the spread of citrus greening by banning citrus leaves &
stems from leaving the quarantine zone. We applaud them for their effort, but it has made it
almost impossible to find legal kaffir lime leaves anywhere.
At present there are methods available to eliminate the pest. However, we have been unable to
receive approval of use on our leaves. One option, methyl bromide, is used on curry leaves and
many other types of leaves and produce in order to eliminate pests. The kaffir lime leaf is not on
an approved USDA product list, thus, we cannot use it. A washing process is another option, but
no results have been reported from a Hawaiian study. Drying or freezing is not possible, as
remnants of insects could survive.
Nurseries have recently received approval for shipping citrus trees (leaves attached) to all non-
citrus producing states with an approved treatment. Again, we were denied approval to use the
same methods for shipping leaves only. Our main concern as citrus growers is that un-treated
leaves are now being smuggled into the USA since we are unable to provide safe, treated leaves
to those who need them.
We are asking for those who care to compose a letter or call one of the following representatives
from the USDA, CDFA & APHIS organization to make your concerns heard and to gain
approval of treatment.
Together, we can bring attention to a major issue and try to find a solution to a major problem.
Thank you for your support
We were informed today that Kaffir Lime Leaves have been placed on a "Quarantine Exemption" list by the USDA. This means we have permission to ship lime leaves again for up to a year using a specified, USDA approved, treatment schedule.
Our facility needs a few weeks to get back up and running again, and to be inspected by the USDA. Once we have approval, you can order all the kaffir lime leaves you want!
We are so thrilled to be able to serve you again. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Please be on the look our for a follow up email, to confirm our approved shipping status.
I want to say that Kafir lime trees are extremely difficult to grow in Minnesota weather, considering they are tropical plants. But, I ordered a calamondin orange tree and a meyer lemon tree some years back, with the intention of growing it Suburban chicago weather. The lemon tree died. And since illinois and TC weather is fairly similar, you'd expect the same results.
However, the redeeming grace is the mention of curry leaf trees. My mother (being a south indian) has religiously grown her Kareappela (curry leaf) trees for years. They are her children. And they grow successfully, more so in the summer obviously. But the kareappelas don't bear fruit unless they grow huge. And they are tropical plants and grow nicely in suburban chicago.
re: alpa chino
Good points, though I was thinking of doing the Kafir in a pot indoors (maybe outdoors in the summer) rather than planting outside. If you're really after the leaves a container plant is all you really need. My curry leaf tree is about four years old and has always been indoors.
I have had the same problem finding the Kafir lime leaves (obviously since noone has them). Let me tell you what DOESN'T work. Do not peel off the green rind from a lime and think you'll get the same pleasant lime flavor. Cause you won't. It will be overpowering and bitter, bitter, bitter. I'm kind of mad at myself, because United Noodle would sell them in a little bag, and I would only need a few, and they would sit in my fridge, and I would throw them away. But if I would have freezed them, I would certainly still have some. Guess I'll be throwing some elbows and the Friends School Plant Sale trying to get one :) Then I will sell to United Noodle, haha.
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
There is a quarantine on these because of a bug from Mexico. There is no shipping of these outside of California....so I guess people in Cali are the luckier ones. This issue is supposed to be cleared up quickly!
The ONLY lime leaves I have found are in Savage on Hwy 13 at the Oriental Market, but that are dried. I used them the other day and FINALLY I have some good TOM YUM again.
I am glad I found this discussion today since I spent a few hours driving over metro Atlanta looking for the leaves in question. A produce guy at Whole Foods said hes had a few people looking for the elusive leaves. Like you all have stated he has been unable to get them. He suggested using the Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste (which contains Kaffir Lime Leaves) as a substitute, especially if you are making a soup. While its not a perfect solution it may help until this is resolved.
This is a bump, as I was just searching in the Twin Cities for fresh kaffir lime leaves. United Noodles tells me they have them in their freezer. (July, 2013)