“There is a variety of citrus fruit called “finger limes” that have the texture of caviar and many great health benefits including being full of vitamin C and lots of antioxidants, B vitamins for good mood, potassium cardiovascular health, and they help with inflammation and much more.”
Where They Grow - Finger Limes grow in Australia and California and are not genetically altered, but are natural fruits that grow and contain caviar like beads that burst with lemon/lime flavor.
Flavor - They taste like a cross between a lemon and a lime juice… and are slightly tart. Finger limes look cucumbers with a dark outer skin, when cut lengthwise in half the inner caviar jewels can be scooped out and enjoyed in so many ways. The seeds pop in your mouth like caviar eggs thus giving the fruit a very interesting texture.
Varieties - There are many different types of finger limes, some contain seeds that are red in color, others are black, and still others are green, pink, and even purple. But they all have that great distinctive lemon/lime flavor with subtle differences.
Cancer - And studies show that eating citrus like kumquats and finger limes can lower our risk of coming down with mouth, stomach, and throat cancer by 50%.
Antioxidants - Citrus like finger limes can improve wound healing, help prevent and reduce the severity of colds and flues. And because of the great antioxidants in finger limes they help prevent cancer and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
Vitamin C - Citrus like finger limes contain most of our daily dietary vitamin C. And B vitamins that are important for energy and for boosting our metabolism… and for keeping away depression.
Polyphenols - Citrus like finger limes contain polyphenols like green tea… and beta-carotene for a healthy immune system, and even great zeaxanthines, and luteins which are important for eye health.
Skin - The inner seeds of finger limes contain lots of citric acid, malic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid which are great for getting rid of wrinkles, lines, and signs of aging. Making a paste of a few of the seeds and spreading it on the skin for a few minutes rejuvenates wrinkled and aging skin.
Skin Pigmentation - Finger lime seeds help to heal acne, premature skin aging caused by too much sun, ichthyosis, psoriasis, rosacea, and the ability to help with uneven skin pigmentation. A few studies at the University of California at Davis and other universities have proven the effectiveness of finger limes seeds for healing skin.
Uses - Finger limes have been used for making perfumes, shampoos, deodorants, body sprays, moisturizing creams, aromatic oils, for vegan sushi, in salads, in desserts and even with fish, seafood, chicken, and oysters. And these little fruits make great juice and salad dressings… making any salad pop with wonderful flavor. And some people are using finger lime seeds to make specialty cocktails and great jams and jellies.
The leaves can also be ground for spicing up meats, fish, and even some baked goods. They have a spicy pungent aroma that is hard to describe but work well for many kinds of savory and sweet dishes.
Finding - Google “Buy Citrus Caviar” or “Buy Finger Limes” and there will be lots of places on-line that sell fresh finger limes. Or ask for them at local health food stores. The fruit can also be ordered on Amazon… and even the trees can be ordered on-line.
Be creative with these little bundles of citrus caviar. They can be used for adding amazing touches to foods that would be mundane otherwise. And by just adding a few finger limes seeds food becomes alive with flavor, bringing about a new depth of interesting culinary enjoyment.
And for vegans this is a great way to have sushi that contains what looks like caviar on the outside without having animal protein or fish eggs of any kind. Plus they look so beautiful and glisten in the light… that they make anyone want to taste the veggie sushi that can be made with these bundles of lemon/lime delight.
One note - Finger lime fruit must be picked ripe because they do not ripen on their own.
Enjoy another great way to stay healthy!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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