Our Lime Range
Limes are the new 'black' of citrus! They are so trendy in your lime tarts, lime meringue pies and lime butter. You can use the crushed leaves in your Thai curry or finger lime vesicles mixed through a leafy salad. If you love to cook, then you need one or all varieties of lime in your garden today.
LIME TAHITIAN (Citrus latifolia)
This is the most popular lime tree. The Tahitian produces delicious juicy seedless limes that are often picked small and green, when they are stronger in flavour. Alternatively they can be left to ripen on the tree to a light yellow colour, when they become their juiciest. The main harvest is late autumn to mid-winter, although they can bear a small summer crop. Limes are a great alternative to lemons in all forms of cooking and taste great in a beer. The tree is a medium grower with a lovely dense branching habit, making them ideal for the garden or a pot. Also see our Dwarf Tahitian Lime variety.
WEST INDIAN LIME (Citrus aurantifolia)
Similar to the Tahitian Lime, with a smaller, stronger flavoured fruit, that also turns from green to a light yellow colour when fully ripe. A smaller growing tree than the Tahitian, however it is very susceptible to frosts when young. In frost prone areas, trees must be protected in winter for at least the first three years. Fruits intermittently through summer and autumn.
FINGER LIME (Citrus australasica)
An Australian native, originating in the rainforests of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The Finger Lime produces an unusual finger-shaped fruit that has individual vesicles inside that pop out when squeezed. The vesicles look similar to caviar and have a strong limey taste. This unusual citrus variety is great for drinks, as a garnish or mixed through salads.
- Alstonville - Produces medium sized fruit with a dark skin when ripe and pale lime green vesicles.
- Byron Sunrise - Dark purple to black skin with pink vesicles, darkening to red when the fruit is opened. Slow growing tree but fruits prolifically.
- Judes Everbearing - Dark brownish green with vesicles a mix of pinkish orange to green and clear. This variety is quite a strong grower and produces a large crop from summer to autumn.
- Pink Ice - Purplish to brown on the outside with clear to pink vesicles on the inside. Fruits well with a great flavour.
- Rainforest Pearl - The fruit has a green skin, with a ruby red flush, inside the vesicles are a beautiful rich red.
- Sapphire Green - Large green fruit with lime green vesicles. The plant has light green foliage with a weeping habit.
LIME KAFFIR (Citrus hystrix)
The Kaffir Lime is predominately used for its unusual double lobed leaves. When chopped or crushed the leaf expels a wonderful aromatic citrus flavour that is used in many Asian dishes. The small knobbly fruit (looks like a brain), has very little juice and is only used for zesting. The tree is only small growing and is regularly pruned when you pick the leaves for cooking. Can be grown in a pot or in the garden. Be careful when purchasing a Kaffir Lime as there are a few different strains of Kaffir Lime sold throughout Australia, some with large thorns. Our superior strain has small thorns and a larger leaf that is a lot more aromatic. Also see our Dwarf Kaffir Lime variety.
LIME RANGPUR (Citrus limonia)
The Rangpur is often mistaken for a Mandarin as its fruit is orange. It is easily peeled and can be broken into segments like a Mandarin, but it has a distinct strong acidic lime flavour. The tree is very vigorous and is sometimes used as a rootstock because of this strong growing trait. It is more cold tolerant than all the other limes. It produces an abundance of fruit from late autumn through to spring. If you can overlook a lime fruit being orange in colour, then this is a fantastic choice.