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A tart finger from the bush down under

Posted at 1:00 pm, December 17, 2012 in Food & Drink, Fun London

Finger Lime

Let’s play ‘what’s that food’. Is it a gherkin? Okra? A tiny avocado? Maybe an old, leathery chilli you left out for your poor unsuspecting cat to play with? No. It’s a new, exotic fruit from Australia called ‘citrus caviar ‘or the ‘finger lime’. With a similar size and shape to an adult’s finger, these limes are unlike any tequila chaser we’ve ever seen. The thin skinned fruit is filled with tiny pearls which burst, releasing tart lime-like juice which we think would work well in cocktails but probably not as a snack at your desk (which we found out the hard way). The finger limes are available in a range of colours and more importantly they’re now available in London. Budgens in Islington has become the first UK stockist of this unusual food item but at a whopping £4.99 per 100g, we think the novelty will probably wear off pretty quickly even though giving them a squeeze and a wiggle is quite amusing. Carly-Ann Clements

And to demonstrate just how tart these new fruits are, we’ve put together a collection of reactions you may experience:

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