Australia’s Native Citrus
The finger lime is Australia’s ancient native citrus – citrus australasica. It is found in the wild in and about the rainforests of south east Queensland and the northern rivers of New South Wales. There are many variants. Inside the skins are hundreds of juice-filled pearls (vesicles) that ‘pop’ in the mouth with bursts of exquisite flavour. Finger limes are high in vitamin C, folate and antioxidants.
They were used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years as a food additive and medicinally. The colour of the pearls differs naturally from one variant to another and within variants.