Kaffir Lime Grower and Distributor Kaffir Produce Kaffir Lime Plants

UK Grown Kaffir Leaves and Limes


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Kaffir Lime Grower and Distributor Kaffir Produce Kaffir Lime Plants

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Kaffir Lime Grower and Distributor Kaffir Produce Kaffir Lime Plants

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Specialist Growers and Distributors of Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves, Kaffir Limes and Kaffir Lime Plants

 

Colonial Growers is One of the Few UK Growers and Suppliers of Kaffir Limes, Leaves and Plants

Colonial Grower's nursery in Essex, UK growing kaffir lime plants

Our Nursery Facility

We currently have over 1000 kaffir lime plants housed in a temperature controlled greenhouse facility in Ardleigh, near Colchester in Essex. A new heating system has been installed recently, enabling us to grow fresh kaffir lime leaves for the full 12 months of the year. The plants are tended to daily and have a watering system which incorporates an in-line fertiliser feeding system to ensure only the highest quality leaves and fruit are produced.

fresh kaffir lime leaves for UK and Europe

Our Kaffir Lime Products

We have supplied supermarkets and wholesale fruit and vegetable merchants in London’s Covent Garden and Spitalfields markets and merchants in other areas of the UK with fresh lime leaves on a weekly basis for the last 10 years now and have seen their demand increase year upon year. Leaves are picked, cleaned and despatched to their destination within 2 days thus ensuring produce arrives in peak condition. 

We offer kaffir limes, leaves and live plants!

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fresh kaffir limes grown in the UK

Our Freshness 

As the importation of fresh leaves is forbidden under DEFRA rules due to risk of disease, the availability of totally fresh leaves is somewhat restricted.

We are one of the very few commercial growers of kaffir lime leaves in the UK. We are confident our products are the freshest available. Deliveries to any EU member countries can be undertaken - please contact us for further details.

 

 

About the Humble Kaffir Lime

Known botanically as Citrus hystrix, the kaffir lime is of the Rutaceae subgenus, which contains the citrus family. Fruit from this species are known for their intensely aromatic leaves and rind and inedible fruit. Citronellol and limonene are the primary volatile oils responsible for the plant’s aroma and many beneficial properties. The kaffir lime tree is native to southeast Asia. They grow to a height of 3 to 6 metres given the right conditions but thrive in pots as well. Kaffir lime leaves are evergreen, double lobed and can flower at any time of the year when properly cared for. The flowers are small, white and self-fertilising and they tend to grow in clusters. The kaffir lime fruit is about the size of common limes or slightly smaller and it tastes extremely bitter and aromatic. They are not recommended for fresh eating but the fresh leaves, rind and juice are put to use culinarily to season curries, stir-fries and soups, medicinally to treat coughs or digestive issues, and cosmetically for hair and skin health.

 Fresh kaffir lime leaves by colonial growers. We also supply kaffir limes.

 

 

Kaffir Lime Names Around the World

 


 

  • English: Papeda or Thai Lime 
  • Spanish: Hojas de Lima Cafre
  • French: Combava
  • Thai: Makrut or Magrood

 

 

  • Vietnamese: Trúc 
  • Lao: Kok Mak Khi Hout
  • Khmer: Kraunch Soeuth 
  • Burmese: Shauk-nu

 

 

 

  • Malaysian: Daun Limau Purut
  • Indonesian: Daun Jeruk Purut 
  • Tamil: Nardanga                            

 

Suggestions for the Usage of Kaffir Lime Fruit and Leaves


Culinary

  • Cut the leaves into thin strips add to stir fries, put inside spring rolls, season salad dressings or add citrus zing to fried rice.
  • Bruise leaves and cook in curries, sauces, soups and stews.
  • Bruised kaffir lime leaves can also be used in mixology for imparting exotic, citrusy flavour to alcoholic cocktails.
  • Grate kaffir lime zest into fish cakes or sweets such as Thai style coconut rice, sorbets, or puddings.
  • Crush rinds into pastes to add authentic flavour to curries.
  • Add fresh kaffir lime juice to smoothies, deserts, and soups.

 thai soup seasoned with kaffir lime and kaffir lime leaves

 

Medicinal

  • Blend whole, clean kaffir limes with spring water and use resulting paste on patches of problem skin. You can also use this paste as a cleansing shampoo and hair tonic which is said to slow balding and promote hair growth.
  • Chew on bruised leaves or rub directly onto gums to promote gum and overall oral health.
  • Make a kaffir lime tea with leaves, kaffir limes, and honey to taste to aid digestion and detoxify the body.
  • Use diluted essential oil from the fruit to repel biting insects, massage into the scalp to reduce headache and migraine pain, and add to homemade toothpastes for an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.

 preparing kaffir lime leaves for medicinal use

 kaffir lime fruit slices for a spa

Cosmetic

  • Massage fresh kaffir lime juice into the skin to moisturise, neutralise free-radicals and reduce the appearance of scars.
  • Use distilled kaffir lime essential oils to scent baths, mix into home made deodorants and body sprays, and add to lotions and creams. 

 

 

 kaffir lime fruit peel or rind for essential oil

Cleaning

  • Mix kaffir lime juice with vinegar and water and mix well in a spray bottle to use as a general surface cleaner around the home.
  • Add essential oil into non-scented laundry detergent for wonderfully clean smelling clothes.


 

 

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 kaffir limes sliced in half by Colonial Growers based in the UK

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Browse our packs of kaffir lime leaves, peruse our stock of kaffir lime fruit or ponder our selection of kaffir plants. Whatever you choose to purchase we're confident that it will be some of the freshest exotic kaffir leaves and limes that you've tasted.

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01255 831035

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Kaffir lime and kaffir lime leaf producers, Colonial Growers, are approved under the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme.

 

Colonial Growers are approved under the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme