Limau purut / Kaffir lime

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Who
Citrus Hystrix
Also know as:
Kaffir lime / Makrut lime / Limau purut


What:
A thorny bush, up to 10.7 m tall with aromatic and double leaves shapes, white fragrant blossom and rough, bumpy green fruit.

Where:
  • Native to tropical Asia including India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines. 
  • We have a huge tree in our home and planning to plant one in our farm, maybe more.
Why:
  • Widely use in cuisine and the oil is used in perfumery.
  • The juice is consider too acidic to use in food preparation, but good for health such as shampoo and perfume.
How:
Health
Shampoo, conditioner, perfume, oil, soap, dishwasher soap.

Tips
  • Whiten teeth with mashed leaves and a pinch of salt.
  • Dandruff, itchy head as well as clean hair, rub half of the fruit on the skin. Use the whole fruit. Wait for 10 minutes before rinsing with clean water. May cause discomfort.
  • For crack skin, rub the half of the fruits on the problem area. Wait for 10 minutes before washing with clean water.
  • To reduce acne, mixed 2 tbs of kaffir lime juice with 2 tbs of honey and wear as mask on face. Wait until the mixture is dried before cleaning with clean water.
  • For tired eyes, add 1 tsp of kaffir lime juice in 1 cup of cold ice water, using a cotton ball, wet the cotton balls and place on closed eyes. Repeat as needed.
  • Diabetic. Drink the juice mixed with warm water to reduce sugar level in blood.
  • To clean dishes, add the juices in your liquid cleaner and the stubborn fat residue will easily washed off.
  • Immunization, consume juice of kaffir lime with water to increase immunization due to high vitamin C. However if too much, it could lead to diarrhea.
Recipes (Mouth watering and I want to make these babies)

Busy mom recipe(less than 30 minutes)

Tom yum (I like to call it throw it all in tom yum)

8 cups of water
4 stalks of lemongrass
1 inch of ginger
10 kaffir lime leaves
5 Cili padi (if you like spicy, add more)
1/2 kilo of protein of choice (I like to mixed prawns, cuttlefish and fish patty, maybe even some shellfish.)
6 clove of garlic
1 big onion
10 tsp of lime juice
2 tomatoes
1 cup oyster mushroom
10 tsp of fish sauce.
Salt and sugar to taste

Boiled the water. Pound the end of lemongrass and throw it in. Tear the kaffir lime leaves and throw it in. Chopped ginger into slices and throw it in. Chopped or diced the garlic and throw it in. Don't forget to throw the cili padi in, too. Let it boiled until your house smell like a Thai restaurant, and throw the meat of choice in. Stir.
Add in chopped tomatoes, onions (both cut into wedges) and mushroom in when the meat half cooked. Stir and let them boiled. Turn the heat off, add some salt and sugar to taste, add 5 tsp of lime juice and 5 tsp of fish sauce. Stir, adjust to taste, use all if you like it.

P.s. If you like it, add some cilantro in. I hate it so I usually won't add it in. :) Easy dinner soup with spice and time on your side.

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