Finger Limes

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It’s my favorite time of the year in the produce world, citrus are in full swing, Meyer lemons, tangerines, cara cara oranges, Buddha hands, kumquat, and my personal favorite, finger limes! These little limes are about the size of an average thumb and from the outside they look like a great garnish for a drink, but it is whats inside that really counts.  The outside can be black, brown or green, and the pulp is a light green to pink.  Once you cut one open you can squeeze the pulp out and it resembles caviar with the flavor of limes.  Once you squeeze out the pulp of three limes add a half teaspoon of water to it a stir to prevent the pulp from drying out.

Score the lime around the outside middle and pull apart with your fingers.

Score the lime around the outside middle and pull apart with your fingers.

20121208-211517.jpgYou can see the pulp creeping out after they have been sliced.  after they have been cut and pulled apart hold the lime between your index finger and thumb with the opening facing your other palm or into a bowl.  Pinch and spin the lime between your finger and thumb to force the pulp out.  The pulp is pretty resistant so squeeze until the pulp is forced out.

"Lime caviar" it even pops like caviar does!

“Lime caviar” it even pops like caviar does!

Ingredient featured in:

 

Pan Seared Cobia, Citrus and Matsutake Mushroom salad.

 

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