Finger limes are sold as an accompaniment to a variety of foods, an ingredient for drinks and for use in beauty products. Finger limes have a shelf life of 4-5 weeks which can be extended to 3-6 months if frozen. Trees are typically grown from rootstock and can be harvested 3-4 years after planting. If grown from rootstock, maximum fruit production usually occurs 6 years after planting, however trees grown from seedlings may take 15 years.
Australian Native Food & Botanicals is involved in representing finger lime growers in wider forums.
Facts and Figures
- Finger limes are a native Australian bushfood
- The colour of finger lime fruit varies from bright pinks, to yellow, green, dark brown and black
- Methods of other citrus production can be broadly applied to finger limes
- Fingers limes are more tolerant of pest and diseases than other citrus species
Most growers rely on harvest from cultivated plantings rather than wild sources. Average plantation size is between 100-300 trees, with many finger lime producers also producing other citrus or native foods.