How to Eat Key Lime Tree Leaves

Overview

Key lime tree leaves, although spiky and dangerous looking, add flavor to a variety of culinary applications. Easily used as a substitute for kafir lime leaves, the key lime leaf presents a more delicate flavor and aroma. Eating the leaves and incorporating them in your diet is easy and delicious.

Step 1

Allow 1/4 lb of key lime leaves to dry in a sunny windowsill for a day.

Step 2

Grind the leaves thoroughly with a mortar and pestle. They don't have to be powdered.

Step 3

Dump the crushed leaves into a muslin tea bag or a metal tea steeper.

Step 4

Place the bag or steeper into a coffee cup and pour near-boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for three minutes.

Step 5

Add honey and heavy cream to create a creamy lime tea. Add a pinch of mint for an optional kick.

Step 1

Place 1 cup of fresh key lime leaves in a food processor.

Step 2

Add approximately 1/4 tablespoon of orange juice, 2 cloves of garlic and a sprig of parsley to the food processor.

Step 3

Chop the ingredients thoroughly in the processor until it forms a green paste.

Step 4

Rub the paste over a meat such as pork, chicken or fish.

Step 5

Grill or broil the meat until it is done. The key lime leaves add a zesty and sweet flavor to the cooked meat, and it doesn't have to be scraped off.

Things You'll Need

  • Key lime tree leaves (1/4 lb)
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Muslin tea bag or loose tea steeper
  • Coffee cup
  • Honey
  • Heavy cream

References

  • Recipe Tips Glossary: Lime Leaf

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