Finger lime

A surprising and sought-after citrus fruit


Native to Australia, the finger lime is a narrow, elongated citrus fruit. Its skin is smooth and comes in many colours depending on the variety – green, yellow, orange, red, brown, or black. Its flesh is made of small crunchy, detachable pearls that look like caviar, hence its name. Their tart flavour is reminiscent of lemon and grapefruit. Highly sought-after, finger limes are used to decorate and season dishes (fish, shellfish) and to flavour fruit salads and cocktails.

Finger limes contain vitamin C and their small pearls contain lycopene: they are therefore very rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that fight free radicals, which are believed to be involved in cell ageing and the development of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. These fruits also help detoxify the kidneys.