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Aug 4, 2003 12:15 PM

Looking for Kaffir Limes

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A friend has recently returned from a trip to Seattle and up the west coast to Vancouver. She says that she was served Kaffir Limes somewhere on the trip and they were great. Now she wants to find them here.

Does any one know if (or where) we can get Kaffir Limes in the GTA? The limes themselves, not the leaves.

My observation has been that fresh Kaffir Lime leaves have only become available in the downtown Chinatowns over the last 2-3 years, (prior to that I saw them frozen & dried but couldn't find them fresh). I've never seen, or identified, the lime itself.

Has anyone seen them in town?


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  1. In the early 90s, Vientiane was an exclusively Thai/Laotian grocery store located on the west side of Spadina near Baldwin. It has since disappeared, but there's a place on Weston Road that has the same name. I'm not sure whether they're a new business or a new location. You might want to give them a call.

    2 Bradstock Road (at Weston)
    (416) 743-2911


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    1. re: mikeb

      Vientiane does indeed have kaffir limes. Around $2.50 for 2. They also have other thai/lao stuff that can be hard to find like fresh galangal (lesser & greater), turmeric etc.

    2. Here is a picture of a kaffir lime. The fruit has a very bumpy outer peel and is very easy to distinguish from other lime varieties due to its bumpy texture.

      Kaffir lime trees usually bear fruit in late fall/early winter, so you probably won't see any fresh kaffir lime fruit in stores for several months yet. Because the season is so short, it's easy to miss out on kaffir limes during the brief period they're available. Also, a lot of stores won't stock them because of their rather ugly appearance and limited use.