Desert Lime, scientifically known as Citrus glauca, is a fascinating citrus variety native to the arid regions of Australia. Unlike its more common citrus counterparts, this small, round fruit packs a punch with its intense citrusy flavour, making it a prized ingredient in the distilling world.
For us, having Desert Lime in season means that one of our favourtie cocktails can get a gorgeous lift from this amazing fruit.
60ml Applewood Gin
30ml Fresh Lime Juice
10ml Desert Lime Cordial*
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until cold. Fine strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a liberal amount of Desert Lime oil*.
*Desert Lime Cordial
100g Desert Limes (Fresh, Frozen, or Powdered)
100g White Granulated Sugar
Combine all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Allow to sit overnight. Strain through a fine mesh and bottle. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
You can always skip this step and just buy some Desert Lime Syrup!
*Desert Lime Oil
50g Desert Limes (Fresh or Frozen)
1 Cup of Oil (Olive Oil or Canola Oil)
Combine your ingredients in a small pot and heat over a low heat until the oil sits at 80C. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place limes and oil in a blender and blend until smooth. Allow to sit for 4-6 hours or overnight and then strain through a coffee filter. Bottle and store in the fridge for up to a month.
Desert Lime has gained popularity among chefs and home cooks alike for its distinctive flavour profile. The fruit is small, typically around the size of a marble, and ranges in colour from pale green to yellow. Its taste is a potent combination of tartness and sweetness, with aromatic citrus notes. This unique flavour makes Desert Lime a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savoury dishes as well as a whole array of cocktails.
If you’re wanting to plant Desert Lime in your garden, now is a great time to grab a seedling and start nurturing this amazing (very slow growing) citrus. If you follow this simple care guide you’ll be able to grow your very own Desert Limes!
Climate and Soil:
Desert Lime thrives in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH.
It is well-suited to warm and arid climates, but it can also be grown in containers in cooler regions.
Water Desert Lime regularly, especially during the growing season, but ensure the soil doesn't become waterlogged.
Once established, the plant is drought-tolerant.
Desert Lime plants require full sunlight for optimal growth and fruit production.
Ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Pruning and Maintenance:
Prune Desert Lime plants to maintain shape and encourage air circulation.
Regularly inspect for pests and diseases, and address any issues promptly.