Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Australian finger limes

Australian finger limes are just the coolest fruits. They are rainforest fruits that grow in certain subtropical regions on the Australian continent. They look like 3- to 5-inch-long sausages with a green-to-brown rind. Their flesh can range in color from pale green to pale pink to a deep red, depending on the variety.

But here's the cool part. When you cut them open, the individual flavor cells come out as separate jewel-like beads that look for all the world like caviar. And when you eat them, they "pop" in your mouth, also like caviar.

Unfortunately, the finger lime is not exported to this country. You can read about it on the website of the Australian Finger Lime Company. Or, if you're planning a trip to Australia, you can taste finger limes (and other native Australian foods) at Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre. Banrock Station is devoting much money and time to protecting wetlands worldwide. When you buy one of their wines, a certain portion of the proceeds goes toward funding their wetland conservation efforts.

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