I was very lucky to be bought one of these remarkable edible bushes a few years ago as a birthday present. They are an annual fruiting plant in the same genus as citrus and are native to Australia’s east coast.
The fruit is quite simply unique and you can believe the recent restaurant hype they have attracted. 🙂
So how do we grow and eat Australian finger limes?
The long cylindrical fruit grows to about 6cm long and have a thickish green skin. These may turn brown as they ripen. Inside is the most amazing little globes filled with the most tangy juice you have ever eaten. These pop with a delightful crunch that makes you smile.
They smell and look amazing so I recommend you try them on their own or sprinkle the little globes over salads or cheese plates.
There is a school of thought that says these only fruit once every 2 years but I have had fruit every year on my 3 year old plant. I have had bumper crops and although it is April, I am still getting the odd fruit. If you are interested I keep monthly information Grow It Perth calendar (see link below).
It is in my standard soil profile which has organic matter, Perth sand and 10% clay by weight. I have fertilised with a standard vegetable raising fertiliser as opposed to a special native blend, with no problems. I also believe in several applications of wetta soil during spring, summer and autumn to encourage deep roots.
They can be hard to get in Perth so check your nurseries around January-February.
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I had these as an ingredient in a Blue Apron box once, had never seen them before, very interesting!