Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Austin >
Mar 30, 2011 06:17 PM

Kaffir Lime Leaves

The subject of kaffir limes leaves has come up before. Central Market sometimes has them for $80/lb. 6 leaves would have cost me $2.60-something. I put them back.

I have since gone down to "It's About Thyme" nursery in Manchaca and bought two trees. They have small trees starting at $7. For $12 you can get one with about 50-60 leaves on it. So I got two trees. One to grow, and another I ravaged for immediate use. They cost far less than what you'd pay at CM. Plus you can GROW them (preferably in a pot that you can take indoors during freezes). They have a couple hundred of them in in $7 and $12 sizes.

They also have 4 or 5 very impressive full grown trees. I think they're too big to get out of the greenhouses in which they grow! They are big, beautiful trees busting out of their small pots with leaves up to 8" long.

They also have lemongrass, galangal, ginger, bhut jolikia, Thai eggplant, and a bunch of other peppers just starting. If you're into Thai cooking and want to grow you own, this is the place to go.

I have no affiliation, etc, etc, etc...


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Thank you for posting this. I made it there Saturday and left with two lovely lemongrass plants. I am debating whether or not to plant them in the ground.

    3 Replies
    1. re: m3lissa

      Plant them! I had several in the ground when I lived in Austin. They do very well. They will freeze back to the ground in the winter, but just cut them back and in the spring they will come back strong. They grow into a big clump and even look somewhat decorative (like a clump of maidengrass), so you can work them into your landscape.

      1. re: MelMM

        Yeah - I did that too, for a few years. Give them plenty of space, as they'll grow like hell.

        1. re: rudeboy

          +1 for putting them in the ground. Mine is on the south side of the house, under an eave, so it's kind of protected and gets extra water dumped right on it when it rains. I love being able to cook with lemongrass without a special trip to the store. Sometimes I cut some to include in a bouquet for the house. There's nothing like that smell!

    2. yes, thank you for posting this.
      as an apartment dweller, i have been wanting some smallish potted fruit trees for my patio.
      sounds like i might have some good options here.

      1. Simmons Family Farm shows up at the Austin Farmer's Market with fresh Thai eggplant, Siam Queen Basil, Lemon Grass and Thai Cucumbers, and every once in awhile, with fresh lime leaves. They are very nice and friendly and well worth supporting!

        1. this is good to know thank you! now I can try to make the "no Reservations scallops"

          1. For those that don't grow these lime trees. Pardon the two year bump up on this thread, but I was at MT Supermarket yesterday and found packs of lime leaves in the refrigerator section across the aisle from the far right (as you enter) veggie section in stryrofoam packs for 2 bucks (about 10-15 leaves, maybe?). They were not sold in the Korean market next to Din Ho.

            4 Replies
            1. re: slowcoooked

              I saw a lot at CM north yesterday too. They were near the boxed salads in produce.

              1. re: foodiegal71

                good to know. not cheap, but if you only need a dozen or less two bucks won't break the bank.

              2. re: slowcoooked

                There's a Korean market next to Din Ho? It used to be Hong Kong Market. Then it had a fire and closed and that's the last I've heard of it. I used to go to that comp[lex all the time but haven't been there since MT opened (at the new location).

                1. re: sqwertz

                  I haven't in any way verified the nationality of the owners, but the market is open again, the bent seems korean, and they offer pan asian goods, including a stinky fish section (no more stinky than MT market, BTW).