Kaffir Lime Leaves, Ground
Kaffir lime trees (kaffir in this context means uncultivated as in bush lime or wild lime) are small trees with long sharp thorns, knobbly green fruits and unusual double leaves. Both the zest of the fruit and the leaves have a slightly different, but equally wonderful, scent and flavour that is unlike any other citrus. The leaves (fresh leaves are usually available at Granville Island Spice Co.) are carefully dried, as ours are, then grounded. This grounded version still retains flavour and fragrance. Use in stir-fries, soups and curries especially those with a coconut milk base.