Finger limes are an oddly shaped variety of lime that have bubble-like flesh.  Tiny pale pink pockets that pop when you bite into them, oozing silky, zesty lime juice.  A sort of lime caviar.  A friend has a tree brimming with them and kindly delivered some this week for me to use in a recipe or two.  So…over the next few weeks I’m going to try three different recipes where these limey little gems are the hero of the dish.

Finger LimesFinger limeFinger Lime FleshAlthough I believe oysters are best enjoyed with nothing but a squeeze of lemon and a crack of pepper, I’m open to other variations.  Today – three variations of oysters where the lime caviar complements perfectly. 
{Oysters with sweet soy and lime}
Oysters with Sweet SoyDressing: Equal parts (I used 1 tbs) soy sauce, kecap manis, malt vinegar, diced shallots.  1 tsp chilli oil. A dash of sesame oil and some pickled ginger.  1tbs finger lime flesh.

{Oysters with lemon, lime and cracked pepper}
Oysters with LemonDressing: Juice of half a lemon, dash of olive oil, cracked pepper to taste and pinch of sea salt.  1tbs finger lime flesh.

{Oysters with chilli lime dressing}
Oysters with Chili LimeDressing: 1 tsp caster sugar, 2 tbs lime juice, 1 tbs fish sauce & 1 long red chilli diced. Pinch of sea salt. 1tbs finger lime flesh.

15 Comments on Lime Lime Finger Lime

  1. Kathy Hicks
    February 8, 2013 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I am in love with those finger limes, can’t believe I have only just discovered them. Can’t wait to try with oysters….

  2. Laura
    February 9, 2013 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Also beautiful in a gin and tonic . Your lucky Jess finger limes are so had to find

  3. tosgarden
    February 20, 2013 7:32 am at 7:32 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my blog – and letting me know you exist! I’m fascinated by these limes – never seen any like this before. I’ll be back!

    • brownpaperbelle
      February 20, 2013 7:51 am at 7:51 am (5 years ago)

      Aren’t they amazing?! Keep an eye out next week I’m going to attempt a finger lime tart..

  4. gillbrazier
    February 25, 2013 4:56 am at 4:56 am (5 years ago)

    It’s times like this that I wish I lived somewhere warmer – don’t think any citrus will grow in my English garden! My sister in Victoria has a neighbour who grows lemons – homemade lemonade from homegrown lemons is devine 🙂 Thanx for stopping by my blog, Gill

    • brownpaperbelle
      February 25, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am (5 years ago)

      Homemade lemonade is devine! Thanks for stopping by. Jess x

    • brownpaperbelle
      March 5, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am (5 years ago)

      Aren’t they strange & amazing!

  5. The Sew Zone USA
    March 9, 2013 1:15 am at 1:15 am (5 years ago)

    Where are finger limes grown? I’ve never heard of them!

    • brownpaperbelle
      March 10, 2013 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm (5 years ago)

      They are a native wild lime grown here in Australia – I just looked it up!

  6. barbarastanley
    June 9, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am (5 years ago)

    Oysters – one of my favorite foods – are sooo good with a lemon/lime butter sauce. Just sayin’. Thanks for the new ideas.

    • brownpaperbelle
      June 10, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am (5 years ago)

      Ooooo lemon lime and butter – that sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a go – thanks for the suggestion!

      • barbarastanley
        June 10, 2013 1:00 pm at 1:00 pm (5 years ago)

        You are welcome. You created a craving in me for some fresh oysters so I indulged and tried your ideas. Very tasty.

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