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May 27, 2010 11:41 AM

Where to buy kaffir lime TREES?

I've recently started learning to cook Thai recipes, most of which call for kaffir lime leaves. I love Thai food and plan to explore it in depth, so I think it would be a good idea to pick up one or two plants to keep in planters for easy access to leaves.

But where do I buy the plants? I'm in the East Bay, and if anyone knows of a nursery that stocks kaffir limes, please tell me.


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      We got ours in Berkeley, probably at Bay Flora. It has been doing fine in chilly San Francisco for 4 or 5 years, even occasionally putting out a couple of fruits.

      The kaffir lime fruits are very special and can be used for dressing shrimp and other Thai salads. They have a very distinctive taste.

      Always nice to be able to go an pluck a leaf and drop it into a sauce.

    2. I ordered mine from Home Depot. Not normally in stock but they will order for you and if I remember correctly it was less then 20 dollors for a 5 gal tree. It is still in back yard even at least two really bad winters.

      1. I've bought them at Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH). And they are very useful if you're doing a lot of Thai cooking! Lemongrass is easy to grow, also. Thai chilies and Thai basil, too (once the weather warms up).

        1. The nursery at CVS at Rockridge (Oakland) has one if not the best citrus collections in the bay area. They usually have Kaffir lime trees from Four Winds. You can also order online from Four Winds.

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            1. re: celeryroot

              I got mine at Berkeley Horticulture, near the Monterey Market.
              They had a selection of maturity and sizes.

                1. re: wally

                  Berkeley Hort did not have one today.

          1. if you're in the city, Duc Loi sells the leaves for pretty cheap