I happened to ask J, the permaculture gardener (see new studio post following this post), what she knew about finger limes."just a minute!" said she "come... look...I have some in my freezer!"
Out came these frozen limes and I took 3 back to my studio with the idea of drawing them. Just before dark J suggested i look at her tree in the front garden where she had grown these limes....as shown below.
Below are a series of photographs of the limes thawing out. Absolutely delicious! Why have I not thought about growing these before I wondered to myself... my Kaffir lime tree is doing nicely...but these are indigenous to this region and suited to the climate here. They also are excellent with seafood and Asian flavours -perfect here as well! The website www.wildfingerlime.com includes some wonderful recipes like one for Poached Barramundi Roulade with pearls of Finger Lime Caviar, Macadamia nuts and herbs which features indigenous ingredients. People settling in Australia for a very long time failed to value its native foods and others saw opportunities and took plants elsewhere to cultivate and promote...like the macadamia nut which was taken to Hawiai.
image from www.wildfingerlime.com