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Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

I'm looking for Kaffir Lime Leaves and the internet does not help me finding them here at all.
I guess dried would be perfect as I won't use them every day.i

Anyone knows where to buy them in Switzerland?
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Old 19.02.2021, 16:03
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

i got some at the Asian store that were fresh then put them into the freezer. they keep basically forever.

Try here - look for the frozen ones:

http://www.asia-store.ch/index.html

I've also bought them dried from the Indian store.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

They’re normally part of the Coop Thai kit that’s sold next to the other herbs.

I’ve got a tree though if you can’t find them there!
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

http://www.newasiamarket.ch/NewAsiaMarket/
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Old 19.02.2021, 16:13
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

Asiaway in Winterthur. Sometimes they have them frozen. Also is the Thai store still on the wartstrasse? They usually have them.

And yes, any Thai kit from Coop and probably Migros has them.
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Old 19.02.2021, 16:27
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

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They’re normally part of the Coop Thai kit that’s sold next to the other herbs.

I’ve got a tree though if you can’t find them there!
I already saw they can be grown here and started wondering/planning
Is yours outside during winter?

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Asiaway in Winterthur. Sometimes they have them frozen. Also is the Thai store still on the wartstrasse? They usually have them.

And yes, any Thai kit from Coop and probably Migros has them.
Cool, is that the one at Archhöfe?
About time I visit that store again, actually.
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Old 19.02.2021, 16:59
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I already saw they can be grown here and started wondering/planning
Is yours outside during winter?


Cool, is that the one at Archhöfe?
About time I visit that store again, actually.
I would suspect kefir lime is not winter hardy. Might be wrong.

And yes, asiaway is in the archhöfe. I’ve not been there in a while, so don’t know about their stocks. There’s also a Thai store on the other side of the street before you get to the technikum. Haven’t been there, either.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

Globus has them. I tried growing a tree but it did not do well. It's currently at my mam's but not sure if it is still alive, it has better chances with her than me though.
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Old 19.02.2021, 17:49
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

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Globus has them. I tried growing a tree but it did not do well. It's currently at my mam's but not sure if it is still alive, it has better chances with her than me though.
I don't think the tree should be that difficult to grow. I think, like any citrus, they're pretty robust and forgiving. Providing they come from a responsible nursery and you can keep the mites and other nasties away.

My bigger concern would be that a tree in a pot and not getting the hours of sunlight it needs is essentially a stunted and juvenile tree (and will remain so for life) and is thus nice to have as a plant, but will never produce the full flavour or scent you might need for cooking.

Citruses can be very tricky in that respect.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

All my outside citrus has died this year after being out in the sub-zero temperatures.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

For citrus plants, I’d go to Meier in Dürnten. Lots of choice and good advice. I have 4 Meyer Lemon trees in pots from them, and they are doing relatively well.

My Meyer Lemons are relatively small and come inside November -April. They stay in a sunny, well lit cool room.

I killed a couple kefir lime plants, but that was in the US. I know a bit more now.
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Old 19.02.2021, 18:11
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

If you want a citrus tree that is winter hardy and pretty to look at (but has very limited edible use), go for the trifoliate orange. You can plant it out in your garden and it will survive any winter. It blossoms twice a year and the little oranges are highly decorative. The flowers also have a wonderful scent. Especially the spring ones. The tree doesn't mind being pruned and so you can easily manage its size and shape. The fruit itself is virtually inedible unfortunately but there are a couple of recipes for making marmalade out of the peel. Keep well clear of the thorns though, they are vicious.
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Old 19.02.2021, 18:14
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If you want a citrus tree that is winter hardy, pretty to look at (but has very limited edible use), go for the trifoliate orange. You can plant it out in your garden and it will survive any winter. It blossoms twice a year and the little oranges are highly decorative. The fruit itself is virtually inedible unfortunately but there are a couple of recipes for making marmalade out of the peel.
Nice suggestion, but I wanted to eat Meyer lemons. So I’m growing them, and I am happy with the yield. Plus it’s a good way to learn something.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

I bought some dried ones at an Asian store somewhere near Altstaetten SG...must have been 8 years ago now. I was amazed when I took them out this week and made a creamy coconut sauce with them, and the flavour was robust! So if all you can find is dried, it's OK.

Up here in the mountains, my neighbour has a little potted tree in her house; it's two years old now, and it looks fine. ennui, you are a lucky person. I used to grow Meyers on a big tree in Florida, and they are just the best! I'd like to find a source of Rangpur limes, too. We had a tree when I was a kid in California, and I loved the scent.
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Re: Kaffir Lime Leaves - where can I buy them?

The Asia store in the HB Zurich has them in the freezer section. They keep forever and only take a few minutes to defrost.
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I already saw they can be grown here and started wondering/planning
Is yours outside during winter?
I had one and kept it in the shed with the rest of my citrus trees during winter, one cold year though all the leaves fell off though. When it regrew it was just the rootstock from another tree that took off (so it must have been grown from a graft) so in the end I replaced it. I bring the new tree indoors every winter now and it does fine.
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