What to do with a Finger Lime ?

When I saw these at bellopy our local organic market I just had to buy them. Known as “citrus caviar”,  finger limes  are a native rainforest fruit with a similar taste to that of lime.  Inside are beautiful little pearls instead of pulp.  But once bought, what to do with them ?

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Well obviously … my first thought was can use them in a cocktail ?  So I made up a lemongrass syrup, placed a teaspoon of finger lime pearls in each compartment of an ice-cube tray, filled the tray with the syrup, and froze it.
Voilà … you have a sort of finger lime bomb to put in your glass of bubbly or white wine.  As the ice-block melts, the pearls float gently to the surface.

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Of course they would be a wonderful tangy garnish for fish, and I stirred some into lemon butter for something really different.

Finger Lime Cocktail Bombs

Make a simple sugar syrup using one part sugar to one part water, say …

250 ml sugar
250 ml water
2 stalks of lemongrass stripped of their outer layer and cut into 5 cm pieces
(If you don’t have lemongrass, you can use the zest of a lime)

In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water and sugar to a boil. Turn the heat to low, add the lemongrass pieces and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.

After boiling, let the syrup cool to room temperature, remove the lemongrass pieces and then pour into a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 6 months.

Cut the finger limes into quarters crossways not lengthwise, and squeeze the pearls gently out into a bowl.  Then place a teaspoon of the pearls into each compartment of an ice-block tray.  Fill each compartment with cooled sugar syrup and freeze.  When frozen, store the ice-blocks in a sealed container in the freezer ready for use.

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