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5 Best Kaffir Lime Fruit Recipes to Try

Best Kaffir Lime Recipes

The Kaffir lime is an exotic citrus fruit that adds a punch of flavor to any food palate. Move over key limes. These kaffir lime recipes are simply delicious!

These small round citrus fruits are taking over the North American culinary scene. 

The intoxicating aroma of the Kaffir lime will have you reaching for its leaves for nearly every meal. Read below to discover our 5 best kaffir lime recipes.

5 Top Kaffir Lime Recipes

This Southeast Asian fruit is more than just a great house plant. It also has many medicinal benefits.

The following recipes use kaffir limes as the central ingredient, making it more than just a garnish for dishes.

Kaffir Lime Curd

Curds are great as jams or can be used as a base for pies and similar desserts. This recipe doesn't require many ingredients and is easy to make. This kaffir lime curd will last you up to two weeks.

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Kaffir Limes
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • Kaffir Lime Zest (1 lime)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (shaved) 
  1. Lightly grate the zest into a heatproof bowl or double boiler.
  2. Juice 4 limes into the bowl with the zest.
  3. Add the sugar and butter to the mixture. Add water to the bottom pot and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  5. Whisk the eggs and slowly pour them into the heated mixture. 
  6. Whisk the mixture for 5-10 minutes or until it turns into a thick gel. 
  7. Transfer the curd into a clean jar. Allow it to cool before sealing.

Kaffir Lime Ice-cream

This sweet treat will have you craving ice-cream all year long.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 TBSP Kaffir Lime Zest
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Cups of Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
  1. Using a mixer, add the sugar and egg and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the zest, milk, cream, and extract.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Churn the mixture for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  5. For a thicker consistency, freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. 

Spicy Kaffir Lime Cashews

 Ingredients:

  • 5 Kaffir Lime Leaves (chopped)
  • 4 Cups Raw Cashews
  • 5 Red Chile Peppers (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ground Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spread cashews evenly on the sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before serving. 

Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Kaffir Lime (juiced)
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Egg Yolks 
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 TBSP butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add liners to a 12-count muffin pan.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Add 1 TBSP to each liner.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed with a mixer until smooth. Add egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice.
  4. Pour filling on top of crusts.
  5. Bake for 15-16 minutes.
  6. Cool in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Tangy Kaffir Skewers

Ingredients:

  • 16 Kaffir Leaves
  • 16 Apricot Halves
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (cubed)
  • 3 Spring Onions
  • 2 Kaffir Limes (quartered)
  • 2 TBSP Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Soak 8-10 bamboo skewers in cold water for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Thread the chicken, kaffir leaves, apricots, lime wedges and spring onions on the skewers.
  3. Cook skewers on the grill until tender.
  4. Brush sweet chili sauce over skewers 5 minutes before removing them from the grill. 

Check out our blog for more fun recipes using Kaffir lime leaves!

Or, try growing your own fresh Kaffir limes with our fast-growing Kaffir lime trees!

Sweetly Sour: 5 Incredible Citrus Desserts To Try This Spring

Citrus Desserts

Are you ready to refresh your palate with some tangy citrus goodness? Try these 5 tasty citrus desserts this spring. They're easy to prepare and delicious!

Citrus fruits are not only pretty, but they’re also good for you. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

There’s something special about eating a dessert that you know is benefiting your body in some way at the same time. It kind of feels like cheating.

Ready to brighten up your days with some sweet and sour citrus desserts? Keep reading to discover five that you’ll definitely want to try.

1. Simple Lemon Drizzle Cake

If you’re in the mood for a lemon dessert without a lot of trouble, try out this easy lemon drizzle cake recipe. It’s so simple that it only requires five ingredients to make. This would be a good one for your kids to help with too.

It’s great for those who are looking for not-too-sweet-desserts. And, who doesn’t love cakes for dessert?

2. Orange Citrus Tart

Imagine a crisp buttery crust filled with a tart center and topped with sliced blood oranges. Is your mouth watering yet? This orange dessert is guaranteed to hit the spot.

3. Mini Key Lime Pies: No Baking Required

In the mood for key lime and a little cuteness? We’ve got just the recipe for you.

There’s no baking required and these little babies are super simple to make. You can’t go wrong with the graham cracker, cream cheese, and key lime combination.

You may have seen a few mini key lime pie recipes around the web, but most of them take a whopping 3–4 hours to make! Ain’t nobody got time for that. 20 minutes sounds much better.

These are great for kids or for bringing to a cook-out. Their small size makes them the perfect finger food.

4. Lemon-Blueberry Smash

If you’re looking for cold lemon desserts to bring to a potluck or family gathering, try this lemon-blueberry icebox cake. Since it’s not a typical flour-based cake, there’s no baking required.

It features layers of tangy lemon pudding, cool whip, and graham crackers. It looks as fancy as it tastes.

5. Lemon Bars Without the Gluten

Sensitive to gluten? Enjoy delicious lemon bars anyway. Our last recipe recommendation is for those of you that need a gluten-free option.

These delicate beauties are so close to the real thing that even your guests won’t be able to tell that they’re gluten-free.

Citrus Desserts for the Win: Your Turn

Time to get out your apron and mixing bowl. Next, to bake or not to bake is the question. Try out our top picks in citrus desserts and let us know what you think.

Love cooking with citrus fruits? Why not plant your own citrus tree?

If you need help deciding which are best suited for your location, click the little message icon in the corner. We’d love to help!

Sippin' On Citrus: 5 Tasty Citrus Cocktail Recipes

5 Tasty Citrus Cocktail Recipes

Citrus fruits aren't just for eating, they're also for drinking! Read on to learn about five tasty and refreshing citrus cocktails that will keep you sipping!

Use your citrus fruits to the best of their abilities! Sometimes the day calls for a tasty citrus cocktail instead of taking a bite out of an orange. 

Getting plenty of citrus in your diet can include recipes with the many varieties of citrus fruits.

But when it's time for refreshments, here's how we enjoy some of our favorite citrus cocktails.

1. Gimme a Gimlet

The gimlet is simple, yet delicious. 

You need only three ingredients for the perfect Gimlet: vodka (or gin), simple syrup, and lime. 

Start with two ounces of gin or vodka. Add one ounce of lime and one ounce of simple syrup. 

Traditionally served on the rocks, the gimlet is a refreshing and simple cocktail.

2. Hand Me a Harvey Wallbanger

Sticking with another simple citrus drink, the Harvey Wallbanger delivers.

There's some debate over how this drink earned its name. Folklore points to its namesake as a surfer in the 1950s by the name of Tom Harvey. 

Despite the mystery, the drink has stood the citrus vodka drink test of time. 

You'll start with fresh squeezed orange juice and with vodka in a tall glass with ice. Then add the third special ingredient: Galliano. 

It's an Italian herbal liqueur filled with vanilla and anise. The Galliano floats on top for the finishing touch.

3. Make Me a Margarita

Did you forget that your favorite a margarita is a citrus cocktail? Lime juice is a key ingredient. 

For the perfectly blended margarita, mix 1.5 ounces of tequila with one ounce of lime juice and half an ounce of Triple Sec. 

Enjoy your citrus beverage frozen or on the rocks! 

4. Serve Me a Citrus Rye and Ginger

Sit and chat a spell with friends and a glass of citrus rye and ginger. 

You'll sip this one slowly, but it's worth every puckery sip. 

Take two ounces of your favorite rye whiskey and pour over ice. Add one ounce of fresh lime juice and one ounce of ginger ale. 

Stir, serve, sip, and enjoy. 

5. Pass Me a Paloma

This cocktail gives grapefruit a chance to shine.

When mixed well, it's a delightful drink worthy of its namesake. Paloma means "dove" in Spanish. 

In a tall glass, mix two ounces of tequila with half an ounce of lime juice. Add three ounces of unsweetened grapefruit juice, half an ounce of simple syrup, then top with club soda. 

Stir everything well, then enjoy. Garnish with salt around the rim for an extra bit of flavor. 

Mix it Up With Citrus Cocktails 

If you're bored with eating your citrus fruits every day, mix it up with some citrus cocktails. 

Use these recipes to mix something new and enjoy your citrus fruits in another way. But as with any alcoholic cocktail, be sure you mix and drink responsibly.

What about enjoying some of the less common citrus fruits? Not every citrus fruit is perfect for a cocktail.

For example, if you grow your own kumquats, check out our article about seven amazing ways to enjoy your kumquats. Or, try our fast-growing citrus trees to start growing your citrus fruits in as little as 1-2 years for future citrus cocktails!

5 Citrus Fruit Salad Recipes to Freshen Up Your Winter

5 Citrus Fruit Salad Recipes for Winter

Are you looking for a delicious way to freshen up your winter? Read on to learn about the top citrus fruit salad recipes to try during the winter season!

Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean you can't enjoy a bright citrus salad. Add a serving of vitamin C to your fruit salad. Here are some of our favorite citrus fruit salad recipes.

1. Winter Grapefruit Citrus Fruit Salad 

Grapefruit is the real star of this dish from Good Housekeeping. The fruit is a blend of one pink and one ruby red grapefruit, blood, Cara Cara and Navel oranges, and one clementine. Topped with pomegranate seeds, poppy seeds.

The salad is then tossed with a simple lime and honey dressed and served with a dollop of yogurt to balance the bouquet of citrus flavor. Yum!

2. Creamy Citrus Salad

For a creamier alternative, we love this recipe from Taste of Home. Whip heavy whipping cream and then fold in vanilla yogurt. Just before you're ready to serve, add five cups of fresh cubed pineapple, five chopped clementines, one grapefruit sectioned and chopped toasted pecans. 

We love this salad because of the texture. The combination of the frothy cream, bright citrus, and crunchy roasted pecans is truly magnificent. 

3. Kiwi Citrus Salad 

This salad from Dinner at the Zoo has more of a tropical flavor which we just love. Escape with this salad when the winter blues get you down. Simply combine three cups of cubed pineapple, one cut of cubed kiwis, two cups of clementine or mandarin segments and a half of cup of pomegranate seeds.

Toss with equal parts lemon or lime juice and honey, and top with poppy seeds and fresh mint leaves. The tropical combination of fruit, sweet dressing, and crunchy poppy and pomegranate seeds really makes this salad juicy and refreshing. 

4. Arugula and Goat Cheese Citrus Salad 

For a more savory citrus fruit salad, we love this recipe from Flavour and Savour. The combination of sweet oranges, spicy arugula, and creamy cheese keeps us coming back for seconds.  

This recipe is a little more complex than the others but totally doable. For starters, pickle half of a thinly sliced red onion by covering it in white wine vinegar. Next peel and slice two blood oranges and two navel oranges. 

Arrange the oranges on a plate, top with three tablespoons of mint leaves, arugula tossed with olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Top with the pickled onions, two to three tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese, and about a fourth a cup of flaked toasted almonds. 

One bite and you'll agree it's worth the extra effort. 

5. Winter Citrus and Avocado Salad

What makes these delicious citrus salads even better? A little creamy avocado, obviously! 

This dish from The Kitchen Magpie is simply a bed of arugula, topped with one to two Cara Cara oranges or one large grapefruit, peeled and sectioned. Then one to two navel oranges peeled and sectioned. 

Next, add one medium ripe avocado peeled and sliced, and two to three tablespoons of pomegranate seeds. Toss with a dressing of olive oil, honey, lemon juice, yellow mustard, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Yummy! 

Try These Salads Today 

Hopefully, these recipes will inspire you to whip up a citrus fruit salad of your own! For more citrus inspiration, check out our blog! To grow your own fresh, natural citrus to try these recipes, check out our fast-growing indoor citrus trees!

5 Delicious Mandarin Orange Recipes You Have to Try

Mandarin Orange Recipes

You've got some fresh mandarin oranges. Now, what do you do with these oranges? Continue below to discover 5 delicious mandarin orange recipes you have to try!

With mandarin orange popularity on the rise, it's pretty likely you have a few in your fruit bowl. But you also don't need a newspaper article to explain the popularity of mandarin oranges. They're just delicious and easy to grow.

But did you know they can also be used in a ton of scrumptious citrus recipes?

Here are 5 mouth-watering mandarin orange recipes that are sure to make you a star come dinner time.

1. Mandarin Orange Curd

While the word curd might give you pause, it shouldn't. Fruit curds are delicious fruit spreads that are super simple to make.

For mandarin orange curd, you only need four ingredients. You'll need mandarin oranges (duh!), eggs, sugar, and butter.

You'll need to juice about six oranges. In the meantime, get a saucepan of water boiling. While you wait on that, mix your eggs and sugar with a whisk and add your mandarin orange juice.

Place the mixing bowl in the boiling water and beat the heck out of it. After it's reached about 170 degrees, take it off the heat, and whisk in your butter.

Then you just need to put it in storage containers, let it cool, and refrigerate it for a few hours. Nothing more to it than that!

2. Baby Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

You don't even have to cook for this one.

You'll need some oranges, baby spinach, red onions, orange marmalade, red wine vinegar, and olive oil. All there is to this is to whisk the marmalade and vinegar together. Pour the olive oil into the mixture while still whisking.

Other than that, you'll just need to slice your onions and oranges. Arrange the spinach on a plate, mix in the oranges and onions, and then apply the dressing to your liking.

3. Chinese Chicken Salad

This salad requires a little more prep, but it's worth it. You can also follow your gut on ingredients.

Try starting with napa and red cabbage as the base. Beyond that, you can add whatever classic Chinese food ingredients you prefer. Try water chestnuts, carrots, scallions, and mandarin oranges of course.

In this case, you'll want canned oranges. For the chicken, it's just a simple 13-15 minute bake with boneless chicken breasts. After those are done, chop them up to manageable portions.

For the dressing, mix some soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and any number of spices. Garlic, ginger, and chili sauce are a good start. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and top with toasted sliced almonds.

4. Mandarin Orange Cake

This can be done with a regular store-bought yellow cake mix. Do what you'd normally do, but mix in a can of mandarin oranges with the juice.

After the cake is done, you'll need frosting. For this, mix together 8 oz. of Cool Whip, a can of crushed pineapple, and a small package of instant vanilla pudding.

Between the zest of the mandarin oranges and the tangy bite of the pineapple frosting, you can't go wrong.

5. Mandarin Orange Ambrosia Pudding

All you'll need for the base of this is instant vanilla pudding. Mix that together according to the directions and then add in your other ingredients.

You'll want to add honey, grated orange peel, and vanilla. After that, fold in the whipped cream.

Finally, layer the concoction in individual dessert dishes. Start with half the pudding, then add banana slices, coconut shreds, sliced almonds, and of course mandarin oranges. Repeat the layers and you'll have a delicious treat.

Mandarin Orange Recipes Anyone Can Make

And just like that you know 5 mandarin orange recipes that are sure to be a hit! Try these out at parties or family gatherings and they're sure to impress.

Now that you're ready to cook with mandarin oranges, what if you tried growing them yourself? If you want to try your hand at supplying your own ingredients, try growing your own calamondin tree!