Tuesday, July 20, 2010

a tree grows in seattle

i got this kaffir lime tree as a birthday gift from erika, and it's providing fresh bai khi hout for the curry and laap i try to make. and immediately after breaking off some leaves for the laap pictured below, it sprouted a brand new stem full of leaves! (well, not immediately, but within the next few weeks after.)



but the point is this - you too can grow your very own lime leaf tree real easily. i transplanted it once, but i think i might need to again because i didn't realize it would grow this well so soon!

7 comments:

Janet said...

So can I pick this particular lime tree at a home depot or lowe's or do I need to buy it somewhere special?

It's the same one used in the lao curry right?

jrm said...

yes it is the same one! my friend got it for me online... (just do a web search and it should show up.) i also saw them selling small ones at a nursery by my house (but expensive.) the nice thing about this tree is that it does really well in pots - and with yalls climate, you could have it outside most of the year. i have had mine inside but now that its summer, its able to get outside and really stretch its branches (so to speak).

but more to come on my gardening this summer. it's been way more fun than i thought it could be.

berlin catering fingerfood said...

I am a huge lao fan. I have been there two times and I really liked the mentality and of course the food. Even if it is sometimes difficult to find the authentic lao food. I loved Laap and I am happy that I found a nice recipe...

jrm said...

that is what i've heard over and over again. its like one of those commercials: 9 out of 10 travelers prefer Laos to thailand cambodia or vietnam. try out the recipe and let me know what you think... it can always be tinkered with too - another nice thing about Lao food.

somchai said...

I should mention, it seems like about once a year our little bai kii hoot loses all it's leaves, they yellow and fall off, then new ones appear and all is right with the world, the new leaves even seem to grow better than the old.

Must be some kinds dry/wet season dormancy, or maybe we don't water enough, whatever the case it keeps getting repoted to a larger pot and it's been 12 years now.

jrm said...

i've had my tree only since february, and i've lost a few leaves - but plucked some as well. i need to go ahead and repot mine as well. i repotted it once, but it is doing way better than i thought it would. thanks for the comment. now if it drops all its leaves, i won't get too worried. do you leave yours inside during the winter? mine is outside right now, but i will move it back inside in a few months.

Somchai said...

We're in the high desert so it's outside under a lilac to shield it from the sun now, It comes into the porch for September then inside all fall and winter. We try to not get it colder than it would be in Laos, say 60 degrees F. People out in San Diego grow them outside all year.