Finger Limes

The finger lime plant (Citrus australasica) is also sometimes called caviar lime. It is a thorny understory shrub of lowland, subtropical rainforests and dry rainforests in the coastal border region of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It is also now being cultivated in Hawai’i.

The shrub grows to 3-7 feet in height and its leaves are small, smooth, and somewhat glossy. Flowers are white with petals 6–9 inches in length. The fruit is cylindrical, 4–8 inches long, sometimes slightly curved, and shaped like a fat finger. Finger limes come in a range of colors from green to yellow to brown to pink, with the pink being a little sweeter.

To eat this fruit simply cut the ends off and place it on a flat surface. Take a rolling pin and roll out the small, caviar-shaped vesicles, like squeezing toothpaste out from a tube. The fruit caviar can be used wherever you would use a squeeze of citrus.