Kaffir Limes Now Called Makrut Limes
Recently it was brought to our attention that the Arabic word Kafir is a highly offensive, even legally actionable, racial slur in South Africa. There are many theories as to the origin and original intent of the term kaffir. Out of concern for using such a hurtful word to describe a unique and wonderful piece of fruit, Earl’s Organic will now be calling the Kaffir Lime the Makrut lime, as they are known in Thailand.
Thai cuisine utilizes both the lime and leaves. The zest contains a high concentration of aromatic oils and is used in many Thai curries and medical tonics. The rind is thought to be good for the digestive system, similar to galangal. The fruit contains a small amount of juice that can be added sparingly to dishes for additional flavor. One of my favorite recipes is an easy Makrut lime sea salt that makes a refreshing condiment and also goes perfecting around the glass rim of your favorite cocktail. Mix the zest of 3-4 Makrut limes, 6-8 finely chopped Makrut lime leaves and 1 cup of sea salt. Find more Thai recipes using Makrut Limes here.